It is obligatory to have handed the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for medical school admissions throughout India. The Tamil Nadu authorities claims that NEET is a centralised examination and is performed solely on a single day. Thus, this places an infinite quantity of stress on the scholars, particularly these from the agricultural components. Medical aspirants have just one entrance examination for centre and state-level school admissions. Whereas, engineering candidates have each central and state-level exams.
Earlier, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in Tamil Nadu has alleged that the agricultural and poor college students are being affected by the NEET and scraping NEET from Tamil Nadu was considered one of their ballot guarantees. Subsequently, after the MK Stalin-led DMK authorities got here into energy, a panel headed by retired justice AK Rajan was set as much as research the implications of the NEET examination on aspirants from the socially backward sections in medical admissions in Tamil Nadu.
The crew performed a state-wide survey and filed a report titled ‘Impact of NEET on Medical Admissions in Tamil Nadu’. In this context, in a collection of Assembly periods, a invoice has been handed within the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly calling for the cancellation of the medical entrance examination. The 165-page report of the AK Rajan Committee that was submitted to the state authorities was launched on September 20 by the TN authorities.
The report stated the state authorities can instantly take authorized motion to cancel the examination. A separate regulation may be enacted to repeal the NEET and procure the approval of the President of India. The enactment of the NEET Cancellation Act will guarantee social justice for the weak scholar communities in admission to medical research.
“There is a prohibition for the Central authorities to ascertain and regulate Universities. Only the state governments have the facility to do this. According to the authorized modification introduced in 2007, NEET may be exempted from the examination. Modern Dental College determination got here in 2016, in that, the Supreme Court justice bench consisting of 5 judges cleared that entry 66 lists and doesn’t embrace an admission of scholars into universities. It comes solely underneath entry 25″, Retired Justice AK Rajan told News18.com.
Admission of medical students must be conducted on the basis of Class 12 marks, says the govt. The qualifying exam will take the state back to pre-independence days and the state government wants to eliminate it at all levels by following the required legal procedures. It also said the enrollment of rural students in medical education has been declining since the introduction of the NEET and there will not be enough doctors in the rural hospitals if the NEET exam continues.
Ultimately, the healthcare system of Tamil Nadu will be affected badly. Following the implementation of NEET, in the last four years, there has been an average decline of 11.2 percent share of medical admission among the crucial social categories in the state, the report said.
Apparently, the preamble of the Bill to scrape NEET, which was handed within the Tamil Nadu Assembly identified the NEET favored the wealthy and elite sections of the society and never the weaker sections.
Recently, over a week’s time, three NEET aspirants in TN died by suicide over the fear of the medical entrance examination. This is not the first sequence of students suicides that Tamil Nadu has seen. Last year in September, five students died by suicide in the state just days before the exam was to be held amid the Covid-19 crisis.
For the last few years, students, parents, teachers, and political parties in TN have been protesting to scrape the examination. The Madras High Court in 2020 also stated the NEET exam is discriminatory for poor students from the state. Soon after the declaration of the NEET 2019 result, two students committed suicide.
Ariyalur Anitha studied in a Tamil Medium school and was amongst the toppers in her district. She was the only student in Ariyalur district to score 100 percent marks in Math and Physics in the 12th standard board exam. It was on September 1, 2017, she died by suicide that created a major controversy in the state.
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