Tamil Nadu Assembly passes Bill to scrap NEET; AIADMK supports decision, BJP stages walkout
The Assembly today adopted a bill to dispense with the National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET) and provide for admission to medical courses based on Class 12 marks to ensure social justice.
The Tamil Nadu Assembly on Monday passed a Bill seeking to scrap the NEET medical entrance examination in the state Assembly.
The Bill enables admissions to MBBS/BDS courses based on Class 12 marks. The Opposition AIADMK supported the Bill, while the BJP staged a walkout.
The Bill seeks to provide for admission to UG courses in medicine, dentistry, Indian medicine and homeopathy on the basis of marks obtained in the qualifying examination, (Class 12).
Introducing the Bill, Stalin appealed to all to support it for social justice. 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".
It said the bill seeks to ensure "social justice, uphold equality and equal opportunity, protect all vulnerable student communities from being discriminated against 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."
The development came after a 19-year-old youth belonging to a village in Salem, who was set to appear for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, died of suicide. The student died just hours before the examination. He had failed to clear the test twice before.
Dhanush’s death yet again led to a blame game with the AIADMK holding the DMK regime responsible and Stalin targeted the Centre for being "obstinate" on the matter.
NEET is the all-India level entrance examination for undergraduate medical courses. This year, the exam was held on September 12 across the country. The National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) was held across 202 test cities in the country.
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