Monday, 18 October 2021

Tamil Nadu government passed bill admission in medical without NEET

Tamil Nadu government passed bill admission in medical without NEET

Assembly of Tamil Nadu today passed the Tamil Nadu Admission to Undergraduate Medical Degree Courses Bill, which seeks to stop medical admissions based on the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for state students. Now, all medical entries in the state will be a basis on marks obtained by students in 12 Classes. All parties, only the BJP, not supported the act.

The Bill is challenging by central law and will make a difference only with Presidential approval.

CM on 5 June constituted a high-level committee meeting headed by AK Rajan, retired justice, to study the impact of NEET and mushrooming coaching centers. Based on the findings of the body, the government recommended the immediate elimination of NEET.

According to the government, the committee has said NEET favors only the rich and the elite segment, equally thwarting the underprivileged social groups' dream of pursuing medical education.

The committee said that NEET had affected the urban and rural-poor students from Tamil-medium schools and government, particularly those whose families earn less than ₹ 2.5 lakh a year.

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It further said.

NEET doesn't secure standards or merit. It only allows low-performing students to get admission to MBBS. The state's healthcare system will be poorly affected without sufficient doctors at Primary Health Centres if NEET continues,

Nearly a decades, TN had no entrance exam for medical admissions. During the UPA rule, its ally - the DMK - had managed to get the Presidential approval for the exemption of Bill.

The AIADMK government couldn't get the same exemption from its ally - the BJP. The Supreme Court, too, had ruled in favor of staying on the NEET exam.

AIADMK MLA and former state health minister Dr. Vijayabhaskar said,

"We are supporting this. Let's see if this strategy works."

A study of medical admission four years before and after NEET shows nearly a 10-time dip in state board students securing medical access, from 380 to 40. But there is an aggressive rise in CBSE students, making it, from a mere three to over 200, almost a 70-time high. A large majority of them had taken private tuition to crack the test. A large percentage of candidates cracked NEET after preparing for two to four years.

It is a first-of-its-kind study on the impact of NEET in medical admissions through the prism of social justice, economic backwardness beyond reservations.

Chief Minister MK Stalin hopes these findings will get the support of the Supreme Court and other Chief Ministers as well. Irrespective of the outcome, NEET will remain in Tamil Nadu at least for medical admissions this year.

On Sunday, hours before taking the NEET for the third time, 19-year-old aspirant Dhanush died by suicide. Fourteen others, including some toppers, have been killed after failing to crack the NEET in the last few years.

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