Stalin forms committee to examine NEET impact in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Saturday announced the constitution of a high-level committee to study the impact of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) on medical college admissions in the state.

The committee is headed by former judge of the Madras High Court Justice A.K. Rajan.

“The committee will study whether NEET has affected students on the fringes of society; suggest corrective measures if NEET has caused any harm and alternative ways and legal means for medical college admissions for all, and its possible implementation,” read a statement issued by CM Stalin.

The DMK supremo also added that Tamil Nadu has the historical duty to uphold social justice and the state government is committed to taking measures to remove the effects of NEET.

While recalling the reforms in Karunanidhi government, Stalin claimed that the DMK government led by Kalaignar enacted a law for admission in medical colleges based on the marks scored in the class 12 examinations and the state government has launched many legal battles on this front.

Ahead of the Assembly polls this year, Stalin and his party had promised to do away with the nationwide medical entrance exam for MBBS and BDS in the state.

“Many academicians say that NEET has denied the opportunity to poor students and even those who come from government and vernacular medium schools,” said Stalin.