The Tamil Nadu government has allotted INR 19.80 crores for the establishment of 412 Coaching Centers for training 78,000 NEET aspirants. Students need not pay any fees to avail coaching at these coaching centers.
The idea behind establishment of these coaching centers is to groom the talented candidates from the state who could not afford the fee of the expensive private coaching centers. Earlier, K.A. Sengottiyan, the Education Minister of Tamil Nadu, had approached the Union Government to exempt all Tamil Nadu students from appearing in NEET for getting admissions to the MBBS and BDS courses at various medical institutions.
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The decision in this regard is still under discussion. So meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government will make all possible arrangements to train at least 2000 eligible students from the state for the NEET exam. The aspirants eligible for NEET would need to go through a screening process to qualify the selection criteria. Once selected, they will be provided with special best-in-class coaching for the NEET exam.
These coaching centers will surely materialize the dreams of many students from poor economical background to become doctors. The fee of the most of the private coaching institutions for medical entrance examinations is very high, and is in lakhs. Not every family is capable of paying such a big amount in the name of coaching. This suppresses the aspirations of many meritorious candidates who actually have the potential of proving their merit if provided with the opportunity.
The proposed coaching centers will train the students based on NEET Syllabus with the CBSE curriculum. This will ensure that the aspirants are taught with the required education framework.
Prior to this, Tamil Nadu had only two institutions, which were reserving some seats to provide free coaching to the aspirants for the centralized competitive exams. The government has now tied-up with these two institutions, and also established 412 new coaching centers to offer NEET coaching to the students.
A financial budget of INR 19.80 crores has been released for the expenses incurred in the infrastructure and setup of these centers. More than 73,000 aspirants have already applied so far for the screening process of the discussed 2,000 coaching positions.
The test is supposed to be conducted through video conferencing. The coaching classes of the selected candidates will be arranged on the weekends, so that the studies of students appearing in the upcoming 12th class board exams are not affected.
Each of these coaching centers is administered at the Panchayat Union level and contains eight well experienced Post Graduate Teachers (PGTs). The teachers from the central government, state government or private schools may also join these coaching institutions for training the students for the NEET exam.
Currently, the teachers at these coaching centers will be allowed to cover the NEET syllabus in the Tamil and English languages. There may be the provision of adding more languages to the course in future. These coaching centers will also be connected centrally for the required coordination and management.
The coaching centers will also provide the candidates with the required books and other study material free of cost. NEET 2018 is scheduled to be held on May 06, 2018 and the application process is expected to start from mid February 2018 in the online mode. The eligible candidates need to register themselves on the official website of NEET. The official notification of NEET 2018 will also be released on the official website only. You will need to keep checking this website for any update or notification.