The Supreme Court’s decision to make National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) compulsory has united ruling and opposition political parties in expressing disappointment against the decision.
However, while there is unanimity, with political leaders of Congress, NCP, BJP, MNS and Shiv Sena feeling that the apex court’s order goes against the interest of students, each is also trying to score a brownie point.
The Congress and MNS have questioned the Centre on soft pedalling the matter. Whereas, the BJP government is repeatedly urging the Centre to intervene in students’ welfare.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has already conveyed to the Centre, the state’s concern specially the manner in which the decision has been thrust on students leaving hardly two months to switch over from state board curriculum to CBSE.
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In response to the state’ s anguish, Union Minister for Higher and Medical Education J P Nadda convened a meeting of all state medical education ministers in Delhi on Tuesday.
Fadnavis said, “Following court’s decision to allow NEET, we are taking all steps to help the students to prepare for the medical entrance exams. We have set up 300 virtual classrooms for students to help prepare for NEET with guidance of the experts.”
MNS chief Raj Thackeray while questioning the apex court’s decision, also held the BJP-ruled Centre responsible for the developments.
According to Raj Thackeray, “Since all medical colleges are run by Congress and NCP, the ruling BJP is just playing the role of spectator. However, at the end it is the students who are going to suffer.”
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had expressed his disappointment over court disallowing the state to conduct its own medical entrance exams and making NEET mandatory. However, Sena has asked the state government to provide all necessary logistics to students to take the NEET smoothly, if there is no other way.
The leader of opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said, “The entire decision shows the BJP government has failed to present the students’ case forcibly in court.” Vikhe-Patil indicated, said, “The education minister Vinod Tawde has failed as the minister.” An NCP spokesperson said, “At the time when the court was debating the NEET issue, Tawde was on holiday abroad.”
He rushed to India when there was a hue and cry amongst students. It shows the priority of our education minister.