As the title says NEET is to save the lives or take the lives out? Fear of NEET exams had lead to the suicide of the students. NEET has become a burden to the dreams of a student who wants to become a doctor and serve the society. In Last 4 Years from 2017-2020 NEET has taken up 10 lives of aspiring doctors. The state has been asking the centre to defer NEET due to the coronavirus crisis. The idea of NEET being implemented against the wishes of the state in the name of standardising entrance criterion across the country is not just an assault on the rights of the states but is also bad policy.
For nearly a decade, Tamil Nadu had abolished medical entrance exam, citing it leads to stress among students and that poor students can’t afford private coaching. National Eligibility cum Entrance Test has yet again come under the radar since its instalment in 2013. It had made medical admissions on the basis of Class 12 marks. During the UPA rule, the state had managed Presidential assent that exempted the state from NEET. The BJP government, however, refused exemption.
Tamil Nadu has been demanding exemption from NEET for years now. After the Centre categorically stated that it would be impossible to spare one state alone, the state had come out with two bills — the Tamil Nadu Admission to MBBS and BDS Courses Bill, 2017, and the Tamil Nadu Admission to Post Graduate Courses in Medicine and Dentistry — which were withheld by the President in September 2017.
The main reason to bring NEET was to stop donation admission and passing of money to book medical seats. The aim was to ease the mental and financial stress on medical aspirants and stop malpractices like capitation fee and bypassing merit. Before NEET, the government used to conduct All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) apart from other exams held by private institutes for admission in medical colleges. Introduction of NEET exams did stop direct admission through a donation in medical colleges, but the words are out that money is being passed in other brazen ways through coaching centres.
A day ahead of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), three medical college aspirants in Tamil Nadu committed suicide on Saturday fearing failure. Madurai-based Jyothi Sridurga, daughter of policeman Murugasundaram, hanged herself at her residence. The day’s second suicide happened in Dharmapuri where a boy named Aditya snuffed out his own life. In Namakkal district, another boy named Motilal hanged himself to death.
“I am sorry. I am tired.” This is how 19-year-old Jyothi Sri Durga, a #NEET aspirant who died by suicide wrote. Students are suffering but govt is ignorant & inhumane.
Twitter has been trending with some hashtags to Ban the NEET Exams: #BanNEET; #BanNEET_SaveTNStudents #IAmSorryIAmTired
National Testing Agency (NTA) implemented a comprehensive plan to hold NEET-UG examination in a hassle-free manner. Over 15 lakh candidates have appeared for the NEET examination. NEET was held across the country on Sunday, with around 85-90% attendance recorded. A total of almost 16 lakh students had registered to write the exam, clearing which a student becomes eligible for an MBBS seat in a medical college.
The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) is against holding of the NEET during the coronavirus pandemic, said DMK Youth Wing Secretary Udhayanidhi Stalin on Saturday. He questioned the safety of the students appearing for the examinations. “Students are going through stress due to the NEET examination which has been scheduled by the Centre and the State government,”
Entrance exams are ‘manuneethi’ tests: Actor Suriya’s statement against NEET. In his statement, the actor questioned the government, the judiciary as well as the media over the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). The actor said that it pains him to see that students are forced to prove their eligibility by writing a test even during a life-threatening pandemic. Suriya said that the education policies are framed by those who are unaware of the ground realities of the poor and the downtrodden. Highlighting that such student suicides will keep happening if we, as a society, are not vigilant, Suriya implored the people to raise their voice against NEET. “Let us vocalise our opposition against NEET, which sets fire to the medical dreams of students from normal families,”
NEET is not the NEED of the hour, So Right decision & right move makes the right government; Doctors are to save the lives. BAN NEET. It will be a good move if the central government brings down the change.