Ever since the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) was introduced across India, making it mandatory for aspirants to get into medical colleges, Tamil Nadu & a couple of other states have been opposing it. However, the opposition has not affected NEET much and it is still happening as ever. This has caused huge political unrest in the state, for quite some time now and the opposition parties have been demanding that NEET be abolished while the ruling party has been demanding some changes or exceptions in NEET for students from Tamil Nadu. The number of student suicides surrounding NEET has also been a major topic of debate in Tamil Nadu. For some time now, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister has been floating the idea of introducing a reservation quota in the medical seats for the TN government school students, who clear NEET. 

Recently, CM Edappadi K Palaniswami had even approached the TN Governor Banwarilal Purohit to approve the passing of the quota bill for students from Government schools. After this meeting, the Tamil Nadu government passed a Bill, stating that going forward, there would be a 7.5% reservation in medical college admissions in the state, for government school students who have cleared NEET. The TN government went the executive way and issued a Government Order (GO) to implement this reservation policy from the current academic year itself (2020-2021) and within a day of this happening, the Governor has also given his approval for the Bill. An official from the Raj Bhavan has revealed that following discussions with the TN CM, the Governor had written to the Solicitor General of India, asking for his legal opinion, on September 26th. The response is said to have arrived on October 29th.

The Governor gave is assent to the Bill, as soon as he received the response from the Solicitor General of India. There had been some accusations by the opposition parties in Tamil Nadu that the Governor had been delaying the passing of the Bill but a statement by Raj Bhavan refutes it and states that it was only waiting for a legal opinion and processed the Bill as soon as it arrived. The NEET quota Bill will provide 7.5% horizontal reservation for Government school students in UG courses in medicine, dentistry, homoeopathy and Indian medicine. However, it is still mandatory that the students should have cleared the NEET exam, to be eligible to apply for this 7.5%. Reports state that more than 300 students from economically weak backgrounds would benefit from this quota system, each year! The original request for 10% quota but after due consideration, the TN government arrived at 7.5%!