Tamil Nadu assembly passes bill to scrap “NEET” for taking admission in medical colleges

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu’s legislative assembly on Monday passed a bill which exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET examinations. The bill allows the students to take admissions in the undergraduate medical college in the state of Tamil Nadu on the basis of the marks obtained in class 12 board examinations. The Bill also includes 7.5% reservation for students of government schools in the medical colleges in Tamil Nadu. The bill will come into effect from next year.

NEET examination is conducted by the central government every year to take admissions in the medical colleges throughout India. Even the opposition party AIADMK supported this bill except the BJP who simply walked out of the assembly to show their protest against the bill.

A panel was formed by the CM of Tamil Nadu MK Stalin, which was headed by the retired justice AK Ranjan to study the impact of NEET and it’ coaching centres. After the study, the panel found out that the exam provides advantages to rich and elite sections who can afford these coaching classes to prepare for NEET. The students who are of poor background were not able to complete in these examination due to lack of coaching and study material.

If NEET continues, the healthcare system in the state will be badly affected as there will not be enough doctors at Primary Health Centres, said the panel. Yesterday, a student who was preparing for the NEET committed suicide in Tamil Nadu citing the pressure of the exam. He had been preparing for exams for two years.

The chief minister of Tamil Nadu MK Stalin said that it is really wrong to say that NEET has improved the standard of medical examination. Tamil Nadu had one the highest number of medical and dental colleges throughout the country. The doctors graduating from institutions were of high quality and temperament.

NEET is has been controversial recently because it’s the only all India exam through which one can take admissions in medical college in India. There are no alternatives of this exam as seen in engineering exams. Other than JEE, which is an all India exam has alternative engineering exams such as COMEDK, WBJEE, OJEE etc; are conducted at the state level for taking admissions in the colleges of that particular state.

It releases pressure from the students because, even if they were not able to perform in JEE properly they can perform well in other state level engineering exams to get into a good engineering colleges.

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