Tamil Nadu Assembly again adopts anti-NEET bill

TN Assembly again adopts anti-NEET bill

Recently Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly has again passed the bill against “National Eligibility cum Entrance Test” (NEET).

Tamil Nadu Assembly has again passed the bill against NEET (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test). This bill was earlier returned by the Governor to the government for reconsideration.

The purpose of this bill is to make provision for admission to undergraduate (UG) courses in medicine and homeopathy on the basis of marks obtained in the qualifying examination.

The Bill also provides for a horizontal reservation of 7.5 per cent in medical education admission for the students of government schools.

State’s argument against NEET:

  • NEET favors the richer and more privileged section of the society. This class is able to afford special coaching apart from studying for class XII.
  • Students from the affluent class do not serve in rural areas after the Bachelor of Medicine (UG) programmes. These students do their post graduate level studies mostly abroad. This reduces the number of doctors serving in the state.
  • The syllabus of NEET is not open to test “AII Possible Knowledge” like state board exams. It favors subjects like physics, chemistry and biology.
  • Earlier, the Supreme Court had clarified that NEET has been introduced to improve medical education. It is correlated with improving public health.
  • NEET was introduced in the year 2013. It aims to conduct the only national level medical entrance examination for admission to medical and dental courses in India.

Source – The Hindu

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