The Madras High Court has ordered notice on a plea seeking to reserve at least five per cent of MBBS seats in Tamil Nadu government medical colleges to the students who have studied in Tamil medium school and have passed in NEET examination for the academic year 2019-2020.
The petitioner N Murugesan on noting that his daughter is one among the three lakh students studying in Tamil medium submitted that during 2018-2019 as many as 5,400 medical seats were available in Tamil Nadu medical colleges. But of them, a mere 106 students studying in Tamil medium had managed to secure MBBS seats.
This, he said roughly worked out to a mere less than two per cent and hence those students who wish to become a doctor will not prefer Tamil medium in schools and take only English medium creating discrimination between Tamil medium and English medium students.
He further noted that the Tamil medium students are becoming linguistic minorities in NEET examination and hence the directorate of Medical education and Health and Family Welfare Department, ought to reserve at least 5 per cent in Government medical colleges in Tamil Nadu to save the Tamil language and students studying in Tamil Language including his daughter.
He also noted that the State Government’s in Karnataka and Telangana have reserved five per cent medical college seats for the students who have studied in Kannada and Telugu respectively to motivate the students to study in their mother tongue.