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NEET (National Eligibility Entrance Test) is conducted by NTA (National Testing Agency) every year for entrance into medical college. Recently, NEET 2021 is in the news because of its controversies. Moreover, Tamil Nadu’s government made big claims relating to NEET saying that coming NEET has been unjust to economically backward classes and unprivileged students. Now, Tamil Nadu’s A K Ranjan has again made claims regarding it.
Tamil Nadu’s A K Ranjan claim
A K Ranjan is a retired high court judge leading a high-level committee. A recent study conducted by this committee suggests that taking and practising NEET has severely brought down the enrollment of students in MBBS courses in government and private colleges of Tamil Nadu. This report was submitted on 14th July to M K Stalin, chief minister of Tamil Nadu.
Presenting the statistics of the percentage of aspirants doing their higher secondary from Tamil Nadu fell from 95% in pre-NEET ( in 2017) to 64% in this academic year (2020-2021). A significant drop in just four years. The report also says that NEET has also affected the healthcare sector.
10 points covered in the report claiming NEET to be biased
There were ten points in the report which opposed NEET and depicted its failure.
- A report was compiled based on public opinion in July 2021, where around 65,007 opinions were opposing Neet and 18,966 were supporting NEET. Based on these responses, the committee separated 20 unique points opposing NEET.
- Report claims, NEET is not effective in measuring the capability of students. NEET score is the only way of admission to MBBS.
- NEET has led to the growth of coaching centres, which is an advantage to students from privileged students having strong financial backgrounds.
- NEET has given undue advantage to CBSE students as their entrance to MBBS is much higher.
- The NEET syllabus duplicates the syllabus of state board examinations hence NEET is no longer needed.
- Financially strong students take coaching year after year and succeed in NEET. They have a high chance of getting admitted to the course.
- NEET cannot prove and test its efficiency, validity and biases in recent times.
- Medical admissions shouldn’t be regulated by MCI and DCI. After this rule was made MCI filed a petition which further brought NEET to Tamil Nadu.
- NEET corrupts the federal structure of the country and violates basic tenets of the Indian Constitution.
- NEET degrades the medical profession and discourages practices that are important to medicine.