The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test is not a fair or equitable method of admission since it favoured the rich and elite sections of society, the preamble of the Bill to override NEET, which was passed in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Monday said.
Admissions to medical courses are traceable to entry 25 of List III, Schedule VII of the Constitution and therefore the state is competent to regulate the same, the Statement of Objects and Reasons (SoOAR) of the Bill said speaking on the TN legislature’s competence to legislate on this subject.
Students from affluent sections go abroad for higher studies after MBBS and the number of doctors serving in the state is declining, it said.
Quoting a high level committee led by Justice A K Rajan, a retired judge of the Madras High Court, the preamble said, the panel, on making a detailed study concluded that if NEET continued for a few more years, the health care system of Tamil Nadu would be very badly affected and there may not be enough doctors for postings in Primary Health Centres or state-run hospitals and that the rural and urban poor may not be able to join the medical courses.
The Bill, which was introduced in the House based on the panel’s report, recommended that “the state government may undertake immediate steps to eliminate NEET from being used in admission to medical programmes at all levels by following the required legal and or legislative procedures.
” From the report of the committee, it became apparent that “the NEET is not a fair or equitable method of admission since it favours the rich and elite section of the society.” Also, the standard of medical education is no way diluted or affected merely by dispensing with the common entrance examination, the preamble said.
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