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A Tamil refugee from Sri Lanka has failed to get selected for MBBS despite her high score.

The application of T Nandhini (18) was rejected during medical counseling despite she scoring 197.5 in the class 12 board examination. "As per the state government norms, there is no quota for Sri Lankan Tamils in medical admissions," said a senior official involved in the counseling.

Nadhini passed her Class 12 exam at Navarasam Matriculation Higher Secondary school in Erode district and scored 1170 marks (Tamil -187, English -192, Physics -198, Chemistry -198, Mathematics -198 and Biology -197). Her cut-off mark is 197.5 for medical counseling.

Nandhini's father T Raja (42), a native of Jaffna had moved to India during war between LTTE and Sri Lankan army in 1990 and had settled down at the refugee camp at Arachalur in Erode district. He got married Allimalar, also from Jaffna in Sri Lanka. The couple has three children Nandhini, Priyanka and Naveen. Priyanka is a Plus Two student at government higher secondary school at Arachalur while Naveen is doing class 10 in a private school.

"I want to become a doctor and serve poor people. So, I applied for medical college seat through counseling. I did not get any communication from the medical counseling authority and came to know that my application was not accepted. I was born in Tamil Nadu and studied in Tamil Nadu. But the counseling authorities told me that I am a Sri Lankan national so they could not accept the application," said Nandhini.

On Saturday morning, Nandhini and her father Raja visited Kilpauk Medical College in Chennai where they rejected her plea. Then she returned to Sri Lankan refugee camp at Arachalur in Erode district from Chennai.

Raja, a wall painter, said that he is the bread winner of the family and he could not spend lakhs of rupees if his daughter wished to pursue higher studies. "I am disappointed after my daughter's application was rejected by the medical counseling authorities. I hope that the state government would give a chance to my daughter to pursue medicine," said Raja. (Times of India)
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  • Ratna Monday, 23 June 2014 11:36 AM

    101% agreed to your idea.

    Major Sunday, 22 June 2014 04:05 PM

    Where is jayalalitha?

    delta Sunday, 22 June 2014 09:39 PM

    Apply to some American medical college . With this kind if story this girl would get a full ride and benefits.

    Sonali De Silva Sunday, 22 June 2014 04:24 PM

    Maybe the father should go see Jayalalitha who is the savior of the Tamil people. This would not have happened in Sri Lanka. It only goes to show the discriminatory behavior in TN.

    upul perera Monday, 23 June 2014 12:03 PM

    Don't worry ,someone up there will look after you Nandhini.
    What sort of planet we are living in.???

    Kumaran Sunday, 22 June 2014 01:45 PM

    Done Worry, She will be a Doctor, no matter what.
    no one ever kill someone knowledge.

    Lokka Sunday, 22 June 2014 01:51 PM

    I suggest that as a gesture of kindness and ethnic reconciliation, she be given a placement in a Sri Lankan Medical Faculty. After all she is a Sri Lankan, though born in India. This can be a small step toward ethnic reconciliation.

    Amma Sunday, 22 June 2014 08:19 PM

    Jaya Ammma the self appointed Torch Bearer for Tamil cause well see what you are going to help this deserving case. Tamil cause or bureaucracy. via DM iPad app

    Jeya Amma Sunday, 22 June 2014 08:20 PM

    Before Jeyalalitha gets Ealam for the Sri Lankan Tamils why cant she find a medical seat for this poor girl via DM Android App

    michael Sunday, 22 June 2014 03:00 PM

    This clearly shows what you shed is crocodile tears on Tamils.

    channa Monday, 23 June 2014 11:14 AM

    She deserve a place at our medical schools. After all she is a Sri Lankan.

    Don Don Sunday, 22 June 2014 03:21 PM

    Pathetic, if she were in Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka would never have treated her like this.

    sidath Sunday, 22 June 2014 03:23 PM

    These idiots are talking about the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka! What the hell are they doing???

    flatwhite Monday, 23 June 2014 11:27 AM

    Karunanidihi and Jaya can you please help this girl not terrorism and this girl is more educated than both of you


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