Tamil Nadu NEET Controversy: Controversy continues in Tamil Nadu regarding the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). This controversy is not taking the name of stopping. Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi had returned the bill that exempted the students of the state from NEET exams. Since then this fight has taken a political turn. Chief Minister MK Stalin has warned of a statewide agitation regarding this.
DMK’s MK Stalin government brought a bill on 13 September 2021 to give exemption to medical students of the state in NEET exam in Tamil Nadu. A provision was made in this that students desirous of joining medical colleges will not have to appear for NEET exam. They will get admission in medical colleges on the basis of merit in Plus 2 (12th) examination, but this bill was returned by the Governor on 3 February 2022.
Students commit suicide after failing in NEET exam
After failing several times in NEET exam, some students commit suicide out of desperation. Just last week, a 19-year-old student named Jagadeeswaran committed suicide in the state. Distressed by this, his father also committed suicide. With this, the number of students who committed suicide for not being successful in NEET exam has now gone up to 16. After this incident, MK Stalin and his government got an opportunity to be an aggressor against the Governor. State Health Minister Subramaniam had even said that the Governor has nothing to do with this bill. This bill has been sent to the President for approval.
MK Stalin writes to President Draupadi Murmu
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin writes to President Draupadi Murmu . In this, he has appealed to approve the anti-NEET bill as soon as possible. Along with this, CM Stalin had also put a post on social media, in which he wrote that NEET exam can be removed. The state government is trying to remove the hurdles of banning NEET. Along with this, he has also appealed to the students not to take such steps.
What is in the anti-NEET bill?
In Tamil Nadu, the MK Stalin government constituted a committee in June 2021 under the chairmanship of Justice MK Rajan. Information was sought from the committee whether NEET is a fair method of selection of candidates for various courses in the Medical College or not? In September the same year, the committee submitted its report. The committee had criticized NEET in its report. The committee had said in its report that it has weakened social diversity. It benefits people who are rich in medical education. In its report, the committee had even recommended that a provision should be made to abolish it immediately by making a law.
What did the governor have to say on NEET and the bill?
The Governor had issued a press release on NEET and Tamil Nadu’s anti-NEET bill. He clearly did not justify banning NEET for medical students. It is also not right to ban because the NEET exam has been approved by the Supreme Court. Giving the reason for withdrawing the bill, he had said that it needs to be considered carefully and keeping the social perspective in mind. He had also said that even poor students can easily do expensive medical studies through NEET exam. The Supreme Court had continued NEET because it prevents economic exploitation of poor students.
MK Stalin had to bring the bill because
Chief Minister MK Stalin had brought NEET Tamil Nadu Ban Bill with a view to protect the students in his state who were facing various kinds of problems due to NEET. The state government had also insisted on the dual language policy of English and Tamil in NEET. He insisted that it should be followed in NEET exam. The fight to ban NEET in the state has been going on for a long time. In this, students and leaders are constantly demanding a dual language policy from the central government.