Tamil Nadu Assembly passes resolution to scrap NEET, opposition walks out

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Moving the resolution, Chief Minister MK Stalin said the ruling DMK will continue its fight against NEET conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), which is under scrutiny over alleged irregularities in the conduct of undergraduate examinations and other programmes.

Despite the Opposition walking out of the House, the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Friday unanimously passed a resolution urging the Centre to abolish NEET from the state and allow students to take admission in medical courses based on their Class 12 marks. Moving the resolution, Chief Minister MK Stalin said the ruling DMK will continue its fight against NEET conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), which is under scrutiny over alleged irregularities in the conduct of undergraduate exams and other programmes.

Many leaders including Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav and Tejasvi Surya have written letters demanding a ban on NEET. Stalin said that I urge the assembly to pass this resolution as a precursor to exempt us from NEET and remove NEET across the country. According to the resolution, NEET harmed the prospects of students from rural areas to study medicine and made school education useless, and took away the right to allocate seats for students in medical colleges. Stalin said that NEET should be removed. Tamil Nadu should be exempted. The central government should approve the bill passed by the assembly, allowing class 12 marks as a necessary qualification for medical studies.

Besides, since many states are opposing the exam system, which has faced several controversies, necessary amendments should be made by the Centre in the National Medical Commission Act to remove NEET, he said. BJP MLA Nainar Nagendran opposed the resolution and claimed that it was the Congress that had come up with NEET. “NEET is necessary and hence we cannot support the resolution and we have decided to walk out,” Nagendran said before the Opposition walked out of the Assembly.

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