New Delhi: A committee led by a retired judge of the Madras High Court, A K Rajan will study the impact of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) on aspirants from socially disadvantaged sections in medical admissions. The panel would make recommendations in a month, the state government said on Thursday. There would be eight other members, Dr G R Ravindranath (Doctors Association for Social Equality), Jawahar Nesan (educationist), and six top government officials including the Principal Secretary of Medical and Family Welfare Department.
On June 5, Stalin had said,” Tamil Nadu always had the historic duty of upholding social justice and to fulfill that duty continuously, the government is determined to take all steps to address the consequences due to the NEET.”
The Chief Minister had further elaborated, “it would analyse if the national test had an adverse impact on students from backward classes and if it was so, the committee would recommend remedial measures (suggesting an alternative admission procedure that would benefit all) to the government.”
DMK and main opposition AIADMK are on the same page as regards NEET and they have been demanding that the test be scrapped arguing that it went against social justice. Due to the CBSE specific questions taken up by NEET, aspirants from rural regions, those who studied in government schools and students belonging to backward classes could not get admission in medical courses.
Last year in October AIADMK government had also introduced a 7.5 percent reservation to government school students who clear NEET in medical admissions.
What will the panel look into:
The panel will study the data related to medical admissions in the state and make necessary recommendations within a month to safeguard the interests of students from the backward sections. The government will then initiate the next course of action after considering the recommendations.