NEET- based Admissions may leave many AYUSH Seats vacant

Many of undergraduate seats may remain vacant as the Tamil Nadu government is forced to adopt the NEET based admissions for academic year 2019-2020. Earlier the admissions are based on class XII marks due to which around 516 seats out of 1515 seats felt vacant. This occurred as the state exempted itself from NEET based admissions.

According to the Health Minister C. Vijaya Baskar representations had been sent to Central Council of Indian Medicine to exempt the state from NEET. Central Council of Indian Medicine is an institution for monitoring and regulation of medical education and practices. As per the statements of Health Department officials that yoga and naturopathy can be exempted from the rule. However, the rule applies for the fields of Ayurveda, Unani and Homeopathy. The selection committee is supposed to start the admission for Bachelors of Yoga and Naturopathy by July 1. List of the ranks is to be to be released by July 25. Dates for other courses are yet not announced.

The main reasons for which the Tamil Nadu Government is not accepting the proposal of NEET is that many students who opt for medical courses are from rural areas of the state”. They may not have any idea about the NEET as most of them have not even appeared for the exam. These candidates won’t be able to clear the exam and will score very poor marks. This would create problem to fill even 50% of the seats” said Dr. M Selvin Innocentdhas who is a Kanyakumari based siddha practitioner.

Last year even due to the reduction in the eligibility criteria to 35% around 60% seats in yoga and 40% seats in homeopathy were vacant. Many counselling sessions were held after the admissions organized by the selection committee. However many seats in AYUSH remain vacant and on other hand nursing and pharmacy colleges were filled. “Quality of students may improve, it may take long time for seats to get filled” said Dr. Innocentdhas.