Abolish NEET, urges Stalin

DMK treasurer and Opposition leader in the Assembly M.K. Stalin on Tuesday urged the State government to adopt a resolution in the Assembly to dispense with the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for admission in medical colleges.

In a statement here, Mr. Stalin said that the ordinance promulgated by the Centre had provided temporary relief to the students in the country and it would not be a permanent solution.

“The State government should unanimously adopt a resolution urging the Centre to cancel the NEET after holding a proper debate in the Assembly,” he said.

DMK treasurer MK Stalin today urged Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to get a resolution passed in the state Assembly to prevail upon the Centre to ensure that there is no entrance examination for medical admissions in Tamil Nadu.

He was referring to Centre's ordinance that exempted state government medical colleges from the Supreme Court-mandated single All India entrance examination for a year.

"A resolution should be adopted in the Assembly to urge the Centre that entrance examinations should be fully done away with in Tamil Nadu (in future also)."

The resolution should be adopted unnanimously, he said in a Facebook post and urged the chief minister to "ensure that there is no entrance examination in Tamil Nadu."

Entrance examinations for professional courses like medicine and engineering were rescinded in 2006 to protect the interests of minorities, rural, backward, most backward and Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe students, he recalled.
"Entrance examination will shatter the aspirations of rural, poor students, backward, SC, ST, and minorities," he said adding social justice should be protected.

On May 24, Ms Jayalalithaa in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked the Centre to ensure that entrance examination for medical admissions "is not forced" on Tamil Nadu in future too as its implementation would "nullify" the State's welfare oriented initiatives and socio-economic objectives.
On May 13, addressing an election rally at Palayamkottai, she had said steps would be taken to see that there was no entrance test. She had also said if necessary, a legislation would be enacted to ensure status quo of admitting students based on their class XII marks.

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