The Tamil Nadu government has tabled the Bill against the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in the Assembly today. This Bill will let admissions continue for MBBS and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in the state on basis of marks obtained in higher secondary examinations. The NEET registrations have been delayed by six weeks now with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) contemplating over the final syllabus for the exam.
In 2016, the Supreme Court made NEET mandatory for admissions in all medical admissions. Only central government institutions were exempted. Tamil Nadu government has always stood against the common entrance examination. In 2016, former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa asked the Centre to ensure that the NEET for MBBS and dental courses is “not forced” on it even in the future as its implementation would “nullify” certain policy initiatives and socio-economic objective of the state.
A political blame game had erupted in Karnataka between the then ruling Congress and the BJP, in opposition, over non-inclusion of Kannada among the languages for holding NEET for admission in medical colleges for the academic year 2017-18.
As per the statement issued by the state’s Minister of Health and Family Welfare, C. Vijayabaskar, the economically weaker sections will be affected due to NEET as the syllabus of CBSE is different from that of state board. “The higher secondary examinations (Plus two) itself is an entrance exam to get admission in higher courses and this obviates the need for any separate uniform entrance exam,” said Vijayabaskar in the press release.