Tamil Nadu Assembly passed a bill against NEET: The bill was introduced by Chief Minister M.K. Stalin said it was aimed at ensuring social justice; Judge A.K. The Rajan group had told the government in its report that NEET had undermined the diverse social representation in MBBS education.
The Tamil Nadu Assembly on Monday passed a bill stipulating that students must pass the National Eligibility-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to undergraduate medical courses in the state.
As it did before 2017, the Tamil Nadu Graduate Medical Degree Bill sought to allow these courses based on the marks obtained in the 2021 Qualifying Examination [Class 12 marks in Tamil Nadu].
[Two similar laws passed in the legislature during the previous AIADMK regime did not get the approval of the President.]
The bill was introduced by Chief Minister M.K. Stalin said enrollment for medical studies was found in Schedule III, Table VII, and Article 25 of the Constitution, and that the state was entitled to “regulate” backward social groups.
BJP members walked out as the main opposition AIADMK gave its support to the government to pass the bill.
“It [NEET] promotes inequality because it supports the more privileged class of the rich and society, who can receive specialized training other than class XII.
After the UG course, students from the affluent class do not work in rural areas, often pursuing postgraduate studies abroad, which is said to have reduced the number of doctors working in the state. It also called the recommendation that NEET improve the quality of medical education ‘fake’.
The quality of medical education is maintained during the UG course by following the syllabus and syllabus recommended by the National Medical Council and by the examinations conducted by the university before awarding the degree. Degrees are not awarded to students who do not pass the university exams. Therefore, the quality of medical education is not maintained at the admission stage, ”the bill argued.
The objective of the Bill is to promote social justice, equality, and equal opportunity, to protect all vulnerable student communities from discrimination, and to bring the mainstream of medical and dental education, and especially to ensure strong public health throughout Tamil Nadu. Rural areas.
Retired High Court Judge, Judge A.K. Rajan said that diverse community representation in NEET MBBS and higher medical courses was “clearly undervalued” mainly in favor of the affluent section of the community, while at the same time shattering the dream of social groups that were behind medical education.
The panel concluded that if NEET selection continues for a few more years, the health system in Tamil Nadu will “be severely affected and may not have enough doctors to appoint in primary health centers or government hospitals, and rural and urban areas”. The poor cannot enroll in medical courses. NEED was in favor of immediate action to eliminate the option to enroll in medical programs “at all levels”.
It further argued that NEET was not a fair or equitable admission system because it ‘supported’ the wealthy and elite sections of society. The most affected groups are Tamil media students; Students with a rural background; Belonging to government schools; Those whose parental income is less than ₹ 2.5 lakh per annum; Socially backward groups such as the most backward classes (MBCs), Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs).
Based on the report, the state government decided that admission to undergraduate courses in medicine, dentistry, Indian medicine, and homeopathy in the state would be done only based on the marks obtained in the qualifying examination (Plus-2).