Chennai: A meeting of opposition parties, led by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), on Monday condemned the Centre and Tamil Nadu government’s failure in providing exemption to the state for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), and called for a public meeting at Tiruchirappalli on 8 September.

The DMK also said that efforts will be taken to restore “education" to the state list. Education, which was part of the state list in our constitution, was moved to the concurrent list in 1976.

The meeting attended by leaders from the Congress, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) and other political parties condoled the death of S. Anitha, a 17-year old student who had committed suicide after having failed to clear NEET.

Anitha who died on Friday had an impressive 1,176 out of 1,200 marks in class XII board examinations and had a 196.75 cut-off for a medical seat, as per the state education department’s evaluation. However, NEET being made mandatory for the medical courses and being “unfamiliar with the syllabus", she was able to secure just 86 out of 700 in the medical entrance test.

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The daughter of the daily wage worker from Ariyalur district had waged a legal battle as she appeared in the Supreme Court as one of the respondents to a petition filed by senior advocate Nalini Chidambaram, who moved the apex court representing the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) students, seeking admissions to medical courses on the basis of NEET scores.

Anitha’s death has led to protests and rallies across the state by student organizations and others, since Friday night.

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