Ex – High Court Judge criticizes Centre’s Silence on NEET for Tamil Nadu – NEET 2017 common entrance test is scheduled on Sunday, May 7th, 2017, where Tamil Nadu government has strongly opposed to conduct the examination in the state. It was on Saturday, 1st April 2017, the retired judge of Madras High Court D Hariparanthaman criticized the Union Government for imposing the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) on Tamil Nadu students for MBBS admissions. He also condemned its silence on the law enacted by the Tamil Nadu against the Test.
The Judge was addressing the seminar and consultative meeting on the topic “NEET-a threat and danger to our students” organized by the Tamil Nadu Educationists forum. He said, “It is highly condemnable that the Union government is remaining silent without approving the act passed unanimously by the AIADMK, the DMK and the Congress in Tamil Nadu assembly not to conduct NEET in the state and to conduct the admissions for MBBS seats based on plus two marks”.
The main objective of the conference was to oppose the NEET examination which is scheduled to be held all over the country on 7th May for admissions to MBBS courses in government and private medical colleges. He stated that “The students are very curious and confused too. In Tamil Nadu, 98 % of the students study state syllabus whereas NEET will be based on CBSE syllabus. It will be only appropriate to admit the students based on the plus two marks. It is undemocratic to ask them to write NEET which is derived from some other syllabus,”.
Recalling the scrapping of the entrance examinations for admission to MBBS and engineering courses in the state in 2006, Hariparanthaman said that the proposed NEET brought a windfall to private coaching centres. “NEET paved the way for mushrooming of private coaching centres which are not affordable to poor rural students. When the state entrance exam was in force till 2006, the coaching centres were making a killing,” he said.
Asked if the quality of the uniform education in the state was on a par with other syllabus, Hariparanthaman said “NEET will not enhance the quality of education in the state. If the quality of the state syllabus is not meeting standards, it should be upgraded. Instead of doing so, it is not appropriate to impose CBSE-based NEET on the students.”
Paranthaman also faulted the system for keeping the education in the concurrent list of the constitution stating that “During an emergency, education was included in the Concurrent List which requires the consent of the Union government for every move of the state government on education. It should be brought back to the purview of the state. Both the DMK and AIADMK failed to do anything on this aspect in the last 40 years,”.