The Tamil Nadu government has prepared and passed a bill for scrapping the NEET exam in Tamil Nadu. NEET is the central medical examination that is compulsory for taking admission into the Medical Colleges of India. Chief Minister MK Stalin proposed the bill in Tamil Nadu’s Assembly on Monday. The opposition AIADMK supported the bill. The Tamil Nadu BJP made a walkout from the Assembly over the same. NEET is a compulsory exam to take admission into UG courses like MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BHMS, etc.
In the bill, the Tamil Nadu State Government wants an exemption for the students of Tamil Nadu from NEET. They are seeking other alternative options for admission criteria in the medical colleges for medical aspirants. The state has presented an option for giving admission based on 12th class results apart from NEET. The government said that it wants to ensure social justice and protect the vulnerable section of the student community from any kind of discrimination. They want to eliminate the chances of biases against the vulnerable students for a gateway into the medical Colleges of India.
The state government also recommended a reservation offer of 7.5% seats in medical colleges for government school students. This optional admission route is not yet officially decided. The proposal of this bill has made the opposition of the DMK government’s stand against the centralized medical entrance exam official and public. It has opened the stage for state and center collaboration on a discussion over how the state governments can get exceptions from the NEET exam.
The other courses requiring entrance like engineering have separate exams on the state and central levels. But, there is only one NEET exam for admission into the state and central medical institutions. The central government has also been exploring other options like conducting NEET multiple times. The Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education had already been working together to hold NEET multiple times a year. The idea was proposed but it was not implemented due to a lack of agreement. But, the discussions and planning are still going on.
The final decision of conducting separate state and government exams, taking admission on the 12th exam score, or any other alternative is not made. The decision will be taken after discussions and agreements by the state and center government. As of now, admission in the central medical colleges of India is only provided under the All India Quota. All India Quota includes 15% seats. The remaining seats are filled by the state based on the NEET score.
Why is the TN government asking for scrapping NEET and not JEE?
Many students and politicians argued that why is the government proposing to cancel the Medical entrance Exam and not the JEE mains? JEE Mains is the centralized Engineering entrance exam. For this, the state said that the NEET is a single-day exam in a year which increases pressure on students. There are separate engineering entrance exams for state and centers for admission in Engineering colleges.
Tamil Nadu earlier set up a committee to analyze the social and economic consequences of NEET on students. It was found by the committee that students taking admission based on NEET scores performed poorly in comparison to the ones taking admission on the 12th exam basis. It was also found that students from richer families scored better in NEET.
This demand for canceling NEET was further agitated when a 19-year-old boy from Tamil Nadu committed suicide over the fear of failure in NEET. After his death, Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin said that the government will continue its legal battle to scrap NEET. Meanwhile, The NEET exam 2021, was held yesterday and over 16 lakh students appeared for the exam.
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