Gist of representation of P. Wilson, Senior Advocate to the Justice A.K. Rajan Committee about need to abolish NEET dated 23.6.2021

Gist of representation of P. Wilson, Senior Advocate to the Justice A.K. Rajan Committee about need to abolish NEET dated 23.6.2021
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The experience of the past four years of “The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test” has shown us that the exam has shattered the hopes and dreams of Tamil Nadu students aspiring for admission to medical and dental courses, particularly, students from the socially and economically backward classes. This extra examination which students are compelled to face, other than the qualifying examination (Class XII exams) has caused huge financial burden to the students from socially and economically backward classes, besides mental agony and depression. Under guise of coaching for NEET, the coaching centres mint money from the students. NEET virtually has mandated the switching over of students to CBSE from State Board, thereby making State Board education meaningless for students who wish to pursue medicine and dental courses.
I have summarised my opposition to NEET broadly on the following grounds:
i. Whether NEET circumscribes the Constitutional power of the State to regulate admissions?
ii. Whether NEET is an equitable method of selection, considering the social and economic diversity of the State? Whether NEET favours the rich and elite class of society, thereby infringing equality of opportunity?
iii. Whether NEET favours the CBSE stream of education and impedes the State Board students?

The suggestion I have made through the representation is for an effective, equitable, alternate method of admission of students to medical and dental courses, by preserving the standards of education as well achieving the various mandates on the State by the Constitution with regard to public health and education. I have suggestion adoption of the method which was already in place in this State vide Tamil Nadu Act 3 of 2007 viz. the method of normalisation of marks obtained in the qualifying examination.

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