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Anti-NEET Bill Row: Tamil Nadu Gears Up to Scrap NEET, Health Minister Subramaniam said- Governor’s Approval No Longer Required

A clash of opinions has emerged between the Tamil Nadu government and Governor RN Ravi on Anti-NEET Bill

Chennai, 13 August(City Times): A heated debate has ignited following the announcement from Tamil Nadu’s Governor that he won’t endorse the anti-NEET bill. A clash of opinions has emerged between the Tamil Nadu government and Governor RN Ravi over this matter. Health Minister Ma Subramaniam criticized Governor RN Ravi’s stance on the state’s anti-National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET) bill. Subramaniam clarified that the Governor’s approval is no longer needed as the bill is now awaiting the President’s nod. He reacted to Ravi’s statement that he wouldn’t give assent to the bill passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly against NEET.

Subramaniam reminded that the bill, seeking Tamil Nadu’s exemption from NEET, was re-introduced in the state assembly after Ravi had previously returned it. The Governor then forwarded the Bill to the President, signifying the end of his involvement. Subramaniam emphasized that the Governor’s assent is not required for NEET-related matters.

Subramaniam pointed out that if the President grants approval to the bill, only then will the Governor be informed. In light of this, the Governor’s comments against the anti-NEET bill are viewed as unnecessary controversy. (Anti-NEET Bill)

A governor is expected to support the state government’s welfare initiatives, and the DMK government’s opposition to NEET resonates with public sentiment. DMK President and Chief Minister MK Stalin had promised to abolish the Central Eligibility Test if elected in the 2021 polls.

During an interaction with high-scoring NEET students, Governor Ravi asserted that achievements beyond NEET are crucial for the future, emphasizing the continuation of the test.Governor Ravi firmly expressed, “Let me be clear, I won’t approve the NEET bill. It’s gone to the President as it’s under the Concurrent List, and only the President can approve.”

Last year, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the Communist Party of India (CPI) strongly reacted to Governor RN Ravi’s statement. The state assembly had previously passed a bill for Tamil Nadu’s exemption from NEET, which had been returned by Governor Ravi.

The bill for Tamil Nadu’s exemption from NEET pertains to the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), which is a common medical entrance examination conducted for admission to undergraduate medical and dental courses in India. Tamil Nadu has had a long-standing debate and discussion regarding the implementation of NEET for medical admissions. The state government, led by various political parties, has expressed concerns about the impact of NEET on students from rural and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

The bill seeking exemption from NEET in Tamil Nadu is a legislative effort by the state government to address these concerns. The bill aims to create a separate mechanism for medical admissions within the state, bypassing the NEET examination. Supporters of the bill argue that a state-specific entrance exam would provide a fairer and more equitable opportunity for students from Tamil Nadu to pursue medical education.

The debate around this bill is often driven by the perception that NEET places undue stress on students due to its competitive nature and the need for extensive coaching. Additionally, there are concerns that NEET may not accurately represent the capabilities of students from different educational backgrounds.

However, the exemption bill has also faced criticism from various quarters. Some argue that a state-specific entrance exam might compromise the quality of medical education and reduce the standardization of admissions across the country. The central government and proponents of NEET highlight the need for a unified medical entrance examination to ensure a consistent evaluation process for all medical aspirants.

The bill and the ongoing debates surrounding it reflect the complex challenges faced by policymakers in balancing the objectives of providing equitable opportunities for students while maintaining the quality and standards of medical education. The fate of the bill for Tamil Nadu’s exemption from NEET continues to be a topic of interest and discussion in both the state and the broader medical education community in India.

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