NEET 2021: The Government of Tamil Nadu wants new legislation for undergraduate medical students to secure state students amid this pandemic.
Based On the 12th Board
Tamil Nadu government opposing National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for admission to undergraduate medical courses. They want new legislation which would allow students to get admitted based on their 12th board marks.
The Government constituted a high-level committee under the chairmanship of retired High Court judge, Justice A.K Rajan; Subramanian said the committee conducted a comprehensive study on whether the NEET based admission process has adversely affected the social, economic and federal polity and the students of rural and urban poor.
Tamil Nadu Health Minister M Subramanian said a Committee of Secretaries headed by the chief secretary Irai Anbu suggested promulgating an Act indicating the need for elimination of NEET in medical education on Thursday, 2nd September 2021
He said, “This initiative would ensure social justice and protect all vulnerable student communities from being discriminated in admission to medical education programmes.” “We already started establishing Eleven new government medical colleges in Ramanathapuram,
Virudhunagar, The Nilgiris, Dindigul, Tiruppur, Namakkal, Nagapattinam, Krishnagiri, Tiruvallur, Kallakurichi and Ariyalur with an intake of 150 MBBS seats each”, he added.
On the Covid-19 issue, the Minister said, “We are giving vaccination with the entire thrust on a drive mode to keep the general public, and we request every citizen to come forward for vaccination.
“With the vaccine drive, and constant vigil, we are hoping that the impact of coronavirus will come down in the coming days, he said, adding that Tamil Nadu is having a shortage capacity of around 1794,75MT of Liquid Medical Oxygen [ LMO]
Proposes Bill to eliminate NEET
The MK Stalin-led DMK government said that the state government wants to recruit some higher education in the state itself so that state students don’t need to worry about higher studies soon.
With this development, the state would thus eliminate the criteria of passing the NEET exam to get admission to medical colleges in shape. The candidate will only need to pass the state’s admission test. Following its passage in the state assembly,
Reported by PTI: “The Committee of Secretaries has suggested promulgating an Act, similar to TN Act No 3/2007, indicating the need for elimination of NEET in medical education and get the President’s assent for the same,”
This note further suggested that this Bill would be justice for the students. In 2007 the TN law mentioned the admissions to engineering, medicine, dental, agriculture, and other undergrad courses based on specific scores in the entrance exams that received the President’s permission to be approved socially.
In 2017 AIADMK government passed two bills seeking the same purpose, exemption from NEET, but the Centre rejected them.
NEET has become a compassionate problem in Tamil Nadu, with over a dozen students consistently choosing to end their lives due to failure in the examinations. Some of them are afraid to face the test, and of course, some of them are suffering from mental stress severely.
Since last year, students of all states have been protesting online for postponement of entrance examinations, and the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test is also a part of those. In this covid situation future of every single student has worse.
This year, for past weeks, thousands of students have been signing a petition saying NTA should postpone the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test till October.
They claimed that every student deserves safety and standard preparation with proper mental health. Also, they stated that NEET is clashing with other undergrad entrance examinations.
But NTA disagreed with this petition, published a statement saying “no” to postponement, and the date remains on 12th September 2021.