In two days, hundreds of students from Tamil Nadu are expected to travel to Kerala and Rajasthan (Kota) to write the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). On April 27, the Madras High Court had asked the CBSE to ensure that students be given exam centres in Tamil Nadu, but the CSBE had instead moved an appeal in the Supreme Court, with the latter directing the CBSE to ensure that the same doesn’t happen from next year.

With several students unable to meet their travel expenses, several Kollywood celebrities have reached out to either sponsor or run a fund for the students. Some are even rallying for making the test digital, including actor-politician Kamal Haasan.

“In this digital age, expecting Tamil Nadu students to travel to Kerala and Rajasthan for NEET exam is not fair. The government should facilitate taking exams in the state,” he said.

Designer and stylist Vasuki Bhaskar has been posting updates about the numbers and people to reach to for help.

Actor Prasanna has said that he will sponsor the travel expenses of two underprivileged students who are expected to sit for the test.

GV Prakash, who is often vocal about various causes, tweeted too with accurate helpline numbers.

Others condemned this unnecessary need to travel all the way for an exam and tried to help in their own way.

When it comes to the NEET exam, people in Tamil Nadu are still reeling from the death of Anitha, a 17-year-old student from Ariyalur who committed suicide last year when she failed to secure a medical seat despite her efforts. She had earlier fought towards revising the syllabus for State Board students considering their peers of other boards were doing better.


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