NEET 2018: Father, who accompanied candidate from TN, dies in Kochi

06 May 2018, 06:40 | Andres Norman

NEET: Travel, lodging support pours in for Tamil Nadu students

NEET exam: Kamal Haasan, MK Stalin slam govt, CBSE as TN students made to travel out of state to take test

For instance, Rajasthan Tamil Sangam in Jaipur has extended all possible help, including including transport, food and accommodation, to students who were allotted centres in Rajasthan.

As per the officials, 'They have no clue about rural students who can not afford to travel so far to write a single exam'.

On the other hand, actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan also criticised the state government, saying, "In this digital age, expecting Tamil Nadu students to travel to Kerala and Rajasthan for NEET exam is not fair". District collector Mohammed Y. Safirulla who led the arrangements said that in the city alone around 25 hotels were connected to the students and parents to secure accommodation. The incident happened at a matriculation school, a NEET centre, where a school official said when a question paper pack was opened and distribution began for four halls in the centre they came to know that they were in Hindi.

This year NEET examination centre has become the serious problem for some students as they have been allotted the centre in the other state.

Some of the Tamil Nadu students also have their centres in states like Rajasthan and Sikkim. The top court accepted CBSE's plea that new exam centres can not be established at such short notice.

Now, students are now left in a limbo.

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Blaming it on NEET-induced stress and recollecting the suicide by a state topper S Anitha previous year after she could not crack the entrance test, DMK's Working President MK Stalin has reiterated the demand to abolish NEET for Tamil Nadu.

About 1,20,792 candidates will appear for the test from the state in 226 centres spread across thedistricts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kottayam, Alapuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Kannur. The apex court accepted the CBSE's plea thereby putting Tamil Nadu candidates in a spot. A total of 5,000 students from neighbouring states have been allotted hall tickets. "Will book the tickets for you".

Several Twitter users offered to help those students travelling outside the state to take the exam while some others blamed authorities for the confusion. This year, 13,26,725 candidates have registered for the examination, according to NEET website. The marks are critical to secure admissions in medical courses at graduation level.

In a statement, Dinakaran - the nephew of now jailed former AIADMK General Secretary V.K. Sasikala - claimed that the action of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) with respect to the NEET was a "reflection of the central government's anti-Tamil Nadu attitude".

All medical aspirants must appear in NEET as it is the only medical entrance exam in India apart from AIIMS and JIPMER. "Is that not the direct result of the incompetence of the CBSE which conducts it?" NEET was held across the country from 10am to 1pm.

The candidates found Physics a bit tough and lengthy, and Biology paper quite easy. The CBSE will provide the facility to download Admit Cards on the board's website.

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