The MK Stalin-led Tamil Nadu government will soon introduce a resolution to scrap the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). The state government has been against having a common medical entrance exam. Tamil Nadu had also constituted a committee to study the relevance of NEET as an entrance exam for medical studies.
Addressing the state Assembly, Stalin said, “We must all come together and give voice to overcoming party differences on the issue!. He said that the report of AK Rajan Committee will be considered legally and the relevant bill will be brought up.
#NEET விவகாரத்தில் கட்சி வேறுபாடுகளைக் கடந்து நாம் அனைவரும் ஒன்று சேர்ந்து குரல் கொடுக்க வேண்டும்!ஓய்வு பெற்ற நீதியரசர் திரு. ஏ.கே.ராஜன் குழுவின் அறிக்கையானது சட்ட ரீதியாகப் பரிசீலிக்கப்பட்டு , இந்தக் கூட்டத் தொடரிலேயே உரிய சட்டமுன்வடிவு கொண்டு வரப்படும். pic.twitter.com/Wq86Ai6ia8
— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) August 18, 2021
As per the report of the committee, students who get admission to MBBS courses via NEET tend to perform poorer than those who are enrolled based on class 12 marks. The committee had studied the socio-economic impact of NEET and reported that students who get admitted based on NEET are primarily from urban, affluent, educated families. Implying that those who can afford to coach are getting admissions while students from socially and economically backward regions are at a disadvantage.
Justice AK Rajan committee comprises nine members including the state Health Secretary, Director of Medical Education. The committee received around 90000 responses from the public about the impact of NEET. The committee had worked for a month to submit a 165-page report to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. The report is yet to be made public.
To ensure students from diverse social backgrounds get seats in medical colleges, the central government has introduced reservations for OBC and EWS category students. In addition to 15% reservation offered to SC and 7.5% to ST category students, 27% seats will be reserved for OBC and 10% for EWS category students. This decision is expected to benefit every year nearly 1500 OBC students in MBBS and 2500 OBC students in postgraduation and also around 550 EWS students in MBBS and around 1000 EWS students in postgraduation.