TN health deptt begins counseling for NEET aspirants, parents

CHENNAI:  The health department of Tamil Nadu has begun counseling for students who have appeared for NEET along with their parents.

Ma Subramanian, the state's minister of health, opened a helpline that will offer parents and students counseling so that they can become mentally strong.

It should be mentioned that some students committed suicide following the National Eligibility competitive  Entrance Test (Undergraduate) in 2021, which prompted the state government to operate a helpline number for the students and their parents who took the NEET 2022 on Sunday.

The counselors will interact the students and parents over phone to extend assistance on health department's helpline No. 104.
The Tamil Nadu government was adamantly opposed to NEET, and a bill was approved in the state Assembly calling for the elimination of the national entrance test and the selection of applicants based only on performance in the Plus II exam. 

In its electoral manifesto, the DMK stated that, if elected in the 2021 Assembly elections, it would abolish NEET. The state government and Governor R.N. Ravi engaged in a bitter political battle over whether or not to transmit the measure to the President of India for further action.

The minister stated that the health department had offered counselling to students in 2021 as well, and that reports indicated that it had significantly improved the mental health of the students who had taken the NEET.

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