The ruling party DMK in Tamil Nadu introduced a bill in the assembly against NEET (National Eligibility and Entrance Test) for medical entrance. Through this bill, the state government will demand permanent exemption from NEET examination. There was already an atmosphere of protests in Tamil Nadu regarding the entry of NEET.
After the suicide of a 19-year-old student just a day ago, the matter has gained more momentum.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin said in the assembly that I moved a resolution against NEET. He said that AIADMK should also bring this proposal. “I urge the opposition parties to extend their support to this resolution”.
Similarly, in a conversation with the media, DMK MP Kanimozhi from Chennai said that we oppose NEET. “We don't want NEET. We want our students to get a fair and equal opportunity. NEET also opposes social justice”.
Earlier, former Tamil Nadu CM and AIADMK leader Edappadi K Palaniswami told the media that the students and their parents were completely confused about the conduct of NEET exam here. The DMK government has no clear stand on NEET.
Yesterday a student Dhanush committed suicide. He alleged that DMK is responsible for this. The students did not prepare well for the exam as the DMK-government said that NEET would be scrapped. Palaniswami said that we have decided to come out in protest. We will support NEET proposal.
The Bill, referring to recommendations of a high level committee, said the government has decided to enact a law to dispense with the requirement of NEET for admission to UG Medical degree courses and to provide admission to such courses on the basis of marks obtained in the qualifying examination, through "Normalisation methods" in order to ensure "social justice, uphold equality and equal opportunity, protect all vulnerable student communities from being discriminated and bring them to the mainstream of medical and dental education and in turn to ensure a robust public health care across the state particularly the rural areas."