The difficulty of Nationwide Eligibility cum Entrance Take a look at (NEET) has been stretching endlessly and needlessly in Tamil Nadu for a very long time, due to the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and its coterie of minions within the media.

The DMK with its misplaced sense of ‘social justice’ has ensured the talk is devoid of educational rigour from the start. Such politicisation of an instructional matter has by no means been witnessed in any state aside from Tamil Nadu. Whereas the DMK has been making an enormous hue and cry over the BJP asking for a simply inquiry into the suicide of a 17-year-old lady allegedly as a result of pressured conversion, it was the DMK which performed ugly vulture politics again in 2017 over the unlucky suicide of a poor lady.

Since then, the DMK and its allies via its propaganda equipment have been profitable in creating rhetoric round NEET that has put college students underneath strain and left dad and mom confused. The difficulty has blown up past management, ever for the reason that DMK got here to energy, in Could 2021.

Some Plain Information

Previous to NEET, medical admissions occurred throughout the nation via the All India Pre-Medical Take a look at. Since, Tamil Nadu banned entrance exams to skilled programs in 2006, it had admitted college students to state-run faculties via Class 12 marks.

Now, no person can deny that NEET was first initiated by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) authorities which the DMK was part of; it had cornered key portfolios together with Minister of State for Well being and Household Welfare. The Medical Council of India (MCI) falls underneath the well being ministry.

The MCI had stated it could introduce the NEET-UG examination from 2012 onwards. States like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and West Bengal opposed the transfer citing enormous variations within the syllabus proposed by MCI and their respective state syllabus.

The take a look at was deferred by a yr for the states to arrange themselves and was held for the primary time on Could 5, 2013. Nonetheless, the Supreme Courtroom cancelled NEET in July 2013 and introduced the MCI couldn’t intrude with the admission technique of the universities. In 2016, the Supreme Courtroom overruled its earlier judgement, mandating a standard entrance examination for all medical faculties in India.

Ours is a rustic ruled by the rule of legislation mandated by the constitutional scheme of issues. Legal guidelines are applied by the manager via enactments of legislature or by pronouncement of courts. As per the orders of the Supreme Courtroom, Parliament handed the Indian Medical Council (Modification) Invoice, 2016, and the Dentists (Modification) Invoice, 2016 paving method for a single frequent examination for medical and dental programs.

In truth, it was former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s spouse Nalini Chidambaram who in her private capability as an advocate fought for upholding NEET within the Supreme Courtroom.

One other startling revelation that got here to gentle just lately is that the Gazette Notification for NEET was first put out by the Medical Council of India (which comes underneath the Well being Ministry) in 2010. Mr Gandhiselvan of the DMK was then Union Minister of State for Well being and Household Welfare within the UPA authorities. The notification stated, “There shall be a single eligibility cum entrance examination particularly Nationwide Eligibility cum Entrance Take a look at for admissions to MBBS course in every tutorial yr.”

What this primarily means is that NEET is the brainchild of the UPA authorities. Each the DMK and Congress had been instrumental in bringing NEET for medical admissions. At the moment, the Congress and the DMK have turn into a laughing inventory and are making a idiot of themselves by opposing a legislation which that they had rolled out.

DMK, One other Synonym For Shame

Regardless of the DMK’s energetic function in introducing NEET, it modified its stance quickly after the Narendra Modi authorities got here to energy.

The celebration had promised to do away with NEET altogether if it got here to energy within the Meeting election in April 2021. Within the run as much as the elections, then Chief of Opposition and now Chief Minister had campaigned throughout Tamil Nadu saying that his first signature as chief minister can be to cancel NEET. His son Udhayanidhi Stalin who’s now an MLA stated that solely they knew the key and trick to scrap NEET.

Eight months have handed, and so they nonetheless haven’t cancelled NEET. With one promise after one other, like discount of gasoline costs, waiver of jewel loans, and many others., taking place the gutter, the DMK has been attempting onerous to at the very least fulfil this ballot promise.

As quickly because the DMK got here to energy, a committee headed by Justice A.Ok. Rajan was constituted to review the affect of the Nationwide Eligibility cum Entrance Take a look at (NEET) on medical school admissions within the state. The committee which submitted its report back to Chief Minister M.Ok. Stalin on September 14 made a case for getting rid of NEET, claiming that it places college students from rural Tamil-medium authorities faculties at a drawback. Nonetheless, the report which has been rightly identified by Tamil Nadu Governor as ‘totally unconvincing’ was ready to buttress the DMK authorities’s place over NEET.

The report is laden with empty rhetoric and makes unsubstantiated inferences via selective utilization and wilful omission of knowledge. The report made a sweeping assertion that 99 per cent of those that cleared the examination took teaching. When requested the place the committee acquired this knowledge from, the previous decide talked about that it was given by the federal government. Nonetheless, an RTI with the college schooling division revealed that that they had no such knowledge.

A vital knowledge level which the A.Ok. Rajan Committee Report doesn’t share is the variety of authorities faculty college students who’ve been admitted to authorities medical faculties within the final 15 years. That’s as a result of it’s going to expose the DMK’s lies and claims.

From 2008 to 2016, solely 252 authorities faculty college students made it to authorities medical faculties. The very best yr for presidency faculties was the primary yr of abolishment of entrance exams in 2007 when 62 college students had been admitted. The worst yr was 2013 when simply 18 college students made the reduce.

The explanation why a excessive variety of state board college students discovered it troublesome to crack NEET was due to the substandard ‘Samacheer Kalvi’ syllabus dumbing them down. However that drawback was rectified when the earlier AIADMK authorities revised and raised the requirements of the textbooks on par with NCERT textbooks.

At the moment, a whole lot of presidency faculty college students are securing admissions in authorities medical faculties, due to the 7.5 per cent inside quota launched by the Edappadi Ok. Palaniswami authorities. It’s value mentioning that the concept was first mooted by present BJP president J.P. Nadda who was then Union Minister of Well being.

In brief, the A.Ok. Rajan Committee and the report submitted by it had been nothing however a sham. The committee had already mounted the end result of the research and labored backwards to make a case for getting rid of NEET with a view to swimsuit the narrative of the DMK. What ought to have been an goal research ended up as a doc dictated by the DMK.

Actual Motive Behind DMK’s Blind Opposition To NEET

Earlier than NEET, 15 per cent seats in a personal medical school in Tamil Nadu had been allotted to the All India Quota (AIQ). Of the remaining 85 per cent, 42.5 per cent had been allotted to candidates based mostly on benefit and the remaining 42.5 per cent was handled as administration quota. The scholars underneath the third quota needed to take up a take a look at performed by the faculty, which was nothing however an eye-wash.

For a university that had 150 seats on supply, at the very least 63 seats had been stuffed based mostly on capitation charges, which might be as excessive as Rs 1 crore.

After the Supreme Courtroom upheld NEET, 15 per cent seats proceed to be allotted via AIQ however the remaining 85 per cent is stuffed based mostly on NEET rating and as per the 69 per cent reservation system. Due to this fact, all of the personal medical faculties that had been making a revenue have been going through losses since NEET.

It is very important level out that of the 50 medical faculties in Tamil Nadu, 24 are personal and 14 of those got here up when the DMK was in energy. These faculties are principally run by politicians or their benamis belonging to or affiliated with one or the opposite Dravidian events. The filling of seats via administration quota for which one needed to pay lakhs and typically crores of rupees has obtained a loss of life blow, due to NEET. These politicians masquerading as ‘educationists’ who sucked cash out of abnormal individuals within the title of ‘capitation payment’ are not in a position to take action. It’s due to this that the DMK and different Dravidian events are in opposition to NEET.

If You Cancel NEET, Then What?

As everyone knows, the twelfth Board examinations can solely be written as soon as, and the scores derived from it are last. So in case, a medical aspirant scores much less within the twelfth Board examination, his/her probability of creating it to a medical school turns into solely depending on cash. If the scholar hails from an economically weaker part, his/her possibilities of pursuing drugs turn into nil. However, the NEET exams may be given thrice. Due to this fact, medical aspirants at giant have a greater probability at bagging a medical seat.

Now, a portion of medical seats in authorities medical/dental faculties are reserved for college students domiciled within the respective states. The remaining seats, 15 per cent for undergraduates and 50 per cent for postgraduates, are surrendered to the All India Quota. This helps college students from anyplace in India to compete and get an opportunity to review in prime medical faculties, even when they don’t belong to the actual state. A Tamil Nadu scholar has an opportunity to review in a authorities school in Kerala or Maharashtra or Delhi or West Bengal.

Now take into account this, a scholar belonging to Tamil Nadu aspiring to review in AIIMS Delhi or PGI Chandigarh or some other school within the nation has to offer NEET anyway. If the scholar’s rating will not be excessive sufficient to make it to those prime faculties, he/she will nonetheless hope to safe a seat in a authorities medical school in Kerala via AIQ. If the scholar needs to review in Tamil Nadu, he/she will use the NEET rating and safe admission in a authorities/personal medical school of their selection.

The DMK has no solutions to the query that what’s going to occur subsequent if NEET is banned in Tamil Nadu.

No Different State is Opposing NEET

Again in October 2021, Tamil Nadu CM M.Ok. Stalin wrote to chief ministers of 12 different states, asking them to help him in banning the NEET examinations. He had requested for his or her help in demanding that schooling be introduced underneath the State Listing, as a substitute of the Concurrent Listing as mandated underneath the Structure.

His letter was addressed to all of the states primarily dominated by Opposition events, together with Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Jharkhand, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana and West Bengal.

Nonetheless, 4 months on, not one chief has proven help or has even given a response to Stalin’s letter. No different state, aside from Tamil Nadu, is opposing NEET, as a result of all of them know that NEET is for the advantage of the scholars.

CM Stalin Should Settle for Defeat and Apologise

As BJP Tamil Nadu president Ok. Annamalai has been mentioning repeatedly, the DMK has been making a pointless concern out of NEET as a result of their leaders working faculties are at a loss as they can’t mint cash the via administration quota.

Additionally, it’s inconceivable for the Tamil Nadu authorities to unilaterally cast off NEET. It can’t be completed. Solely a legislation handed by Parliament can scrap NEET which even the states dominated by their allies in Kerala, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh won’t ever settle for.

The Tamil Nadu Governor, whereas returning Tamil Nadu’s anti-NEET invoice, talked about that the Supreme Courtroom has already comprehensively examined the difficulty, particularly from the social justice perspective, and upheld NEET because it prevents financial exploitation of poor college students and promotes social justice within the Christian Medical Faculty Vellore Affiliation Vs Union of India (2020).

Because of NEET, college students from probably the most deprived sections of society are popping out with flying colors. Authorities faculty kids from rural areas are securing admissions in authorities faculties. The desires of youngsters from Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities, a lorry driver’s daughter, a farm labourer’s daughter and plenty of extra like them are being realised, due to NEET.

Pricey CM Stalin, settle for defeat over NEET and transfer on to fulfil different belongings you’ve promised the individuals of Tamil Nadu. Please cease your ineffective politics over this and don’t put the way forward for Tamil Nadu’s kids in jeopardy.

The creator is Spokesperson, BJP Tamil Nadu. The views expressed on this article are these of the creator and don’t characterize the stand of this publication.

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