NEET led to fewer Tamil and economically weaker students entering medical school: TN Panel

New Delhi: A committee appointed by the government of Tamil Nadu has found that students in rural areas, economically poorer backgrounds, Tamil schools, and state council-affiliated schools are less likely to pass the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET ). According to Indian Express, the proportion of these students in state medical schools has declined significantly since the introduction of NEET in 2017-18, according to the panel.

In the last week alone, three students committed suicide in Tamil Nadu, allegedly because of the pressure they were under from NEET.

Tamil Nadu passed a bill on Monday that attempts to bypass NEETs and instead allows medical admissions to state colleges on the basis of grades obtained in class XII or above two.

Introducing the bill to admit Tamil Nadu to undergraduate medical courses to the assembly, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu MP Stalin said the law would “write the history of social justice “. The DMK government in June formed a high-level committee headed by retired Madras High Court judge AK Rajan to study the impact of NEETs. The committee’s report was staunchly against NEET.

This bill, according to the Indian Express, was based on the committee report. The panel found that the proportion of rural students in medical schools increased from an average of 61.45% (pre-NEET) to 50.81% (post-NEET).

Public school students struggled to enter medical schools even before the introduction of the NEET, but the nine-member committee found that their proportion fell further after the introduction of the exam – from 1. 12% to 0.06%.

Meanwhile, the share of students from an English-speaking school increased from 85.12% before to 98.01% after NEET.

The proportion of students whose parents earned less than Rs 2.5 lakh per year also decreased, from 47.42% in 2016-17 to 41.05% in 2020-2021, Indian Express reported.

NEET has been a politically sensitive issue in the state for many years. The suicide death of Anita, a 17-year-old girl from a Dalit family, in 2017 sparked widespread protests across the state. She had achieved high marks in Class XII, but was unable to clear NEET.

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