In a special party meeting of the main opposition political party in Tamil Nadu, DMK has decided to urge the Central Government to come up with a decision to cancel National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) that qualify students for admission in the UG medical courses in the government and private medical college in the country. The party dignitaries attending the meeting have further decided to urge the center to consider Std. XII marks for preparing the merit list for the admissions in medical courses.

The meeting was attended by the district secretaries, MLAs, and MPs. It came up with a decision to urge the AIADMK government in the state to take up an ordinance with the NEET in the state. The dignitaries attending the party meeting also made a strong demand for canceling the semester examinations in all the colleges in the state.

Virtual by nature, headed by the party president M K Stalin, the meeting demanded that NEET had dismantled the hopes of the poor and middle-class students, particularly from rural areas in the state who had the aspirations to compete and become doctors. The party said that the NEET has destroyed the chances of creating a good number of medical professionals for rural medical facilities and services.

Lacking Political Will

“Though a resolution of a similar kind against the NEET was adopted in the State Legislative Assembly, it proved to be a failure due to lack of political will that failed to obtain the Centre’s confirmation. The state government failed to show the courage to counter the announcement that NEET would be conducted on November 13,” the resolution said.

The meeting rejected the direction of the University Grants Commission (UGC) that instructed the colleges in the country to conduct examinations in September 2020. The meeting said that the decision of the UGC was not realistic as it ignored the ground realities in the country.

Furthermore, the resolution in the meeting said, “The direction should be considered as an infringement on the functional rights of the state governments. The parents and students are living in different places as the school and college buildings are transformed into treatment centers for COVID-19 patients.”

The meeting also took the decision to hoist black flags in houses of DMK cadre as a mark against the anomalies in the electricity tariff and the Tangedco’s failure to provide economic concession to consumers of electricity in the state.