Caught between Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, this youth’s medical desires are in doubt- The New Indian Specific

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PUDUCHERRY: Not like lakhs of aspirants within the nation, NEET isn’t the one ‘take a look at’ for R Manikandan to sail by means of to grasp his dream of turning into a health care provider. For him, the examination scores are just one a part of it. The remaining lies within the fingers of the administration of Puducherry and Tamil Nadu, the place some ‘technicalities’ have put him in a tangle.

A pupil of the Pavendar Bharatidasan Authorities Greater Secondary Faculty at PS Palayam in Puducherry, Manikandan made his second try on the examination this 12 months, after a heartbreak that the ‘technicalities’ gave him final 12 months.

A resident of Puranasingupalayam (PS Palayam), a border village that cuts throughout each the Union Territory of Puducherry and Tamil Nadu’s Villupuram district, he was denied entry into Puducherry’s Centralised Admission Committee (CENTAC) advantage listing for MBBS seats final 12 months, regardless of scoring 500 out of 720 within the examination.

The explanation?  He’s a resident of Tamil Nadu. Surprisingly, he couldn’t declare a seat in Tamil Nadu too as he was denied the 7.5 per cent reservation quota, stating he studied in a faculty in Puducherry. Regardless of a number of appeals to the Puducherry and Tamil Nadu governments, Manikandan couldn’t safe the admission.

Nevertheless, he was not to surrender. The son of agricultural labourers, who lives below a thatched roof, bettered his NEET efficiency this 12 months by scoring 560 out of 720, and got here out with an All India Rank of 39,851. Nonetheless, he can solely hope now to get a seat on the Villupuram Authorities Medical Faculty.

In keeping with S Sriram, Manikandan’s Physics instructor, college students from border villages of Tamil Nadu finding out in Puducherry ought to be given the advantages of the 7.5 per cent reservation, as the federal government colleges within the UT observe the identical syllabus of these in Tamil Nadu. “Contemplating his household and financial background, clearing NEET is praiseworthy. He must be supported,” mentioned  Sriram.

Since he couldn’t afford teaching lessons, and as his house was not conducive for research, he was supplied free teaching and lodging by former MLA Ashok Anand at his teaching centre. His academics Jecyntha, Ezhilarasi, Gomathi, Savithiri, and Sriram had taken the initiative to see the desires of Manikandan realised.

Sriram mentioned they may now be writing to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, requesting him to incorporate college students in Puducherry colleges below the 7.5 per cent NEET quota to authorities faculty college students. “We do not have a separate Board for Puducherry, and supply training to TN college students on the border Faculties. This can be completed for the lifetime of unvoiced youngsters who’re the victims of border points,” mentioned Sriram.

After this incident, academics of presidency colleges have been alerting college students from border villages in Villupuram and Cuddalore, who’re finding out in locations like Kalalpet and Karayamputhur, on the state of affairs they might be in as soon as they should go to varsity, particularly to pursue medical training, mentioned Sriram.

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