Insisting that National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) would “destroy” state board students’ career, a DMK MP demanded in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday that the Supreme Court order on the common entrance examination for admission to medical and dental colleges in the country be “set aside” through an Act.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, DMK’s K P Ramalingam said, “Every state government has a right to fix syllabus. But the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), as a single entrance exam for medical and dental courses in the country, would affect the life of students who are studying in state board syllabus,” he said.
He said since the syllabus of NEET is based on CBSC, “it is totally unconstitutional and attempt to surpass” students, majority of whom are from rural areas and different educational background.
Ramalingam said, the Tamil Nadu government had abolished entrance examination for medical courses in 2007 through an Act. Like Tamil Nadu, some other states too allow admission based on Class 12 marks, he added.
These states believe that there is a “huge difference” in their syllabus than that of the central board. It is “impossible” for the students to prepare separately for NEET, the DMK member said.
Criticising an argument of the Medical Council of India, he said while education is different in states, “uniformity in entrance exam is totally a matter of contradiction”.
“Before implementing uniform NEET based on CBEC or any other syllabus, government should come for a new Act to ban the Supreme Court order or to set aside the Supreme Court order,” Ramalingam said.
He got support from several members in the House.
The DMK MP also warned that there could be student agitation in the country if NEET is followed.
In his Zero Hour mention, K Rehman Khan (Cong) raised the issue of National Wakf Development Board and wanted to know why the body has “remained defunct”.
Sharad Yadav (JD-U) expressed concern over the state of government hospitals and demanded expediting of the proposal to set up more AIIMS like hospitals in different parts of the country.
Swait Malik (BJP) raised the issue of a long-pending railway project in Punjab, while Narendra Budania (Cong) talked about stopping of construction work on the Kumbha Ram Arya lift canal in Rajasthan.