MK Stalin calls on CMs from 4 states to contact SC on NEET, JEE
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CHENNAI: DMK President M.K. welcomed the decision by the Prime Ministers of seven states to appeal to the Supreme Court against the National Entrance Examination (NEET) and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). Stalin has called on the Prime Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana and Kerala to turn to the Apex Court with a similar plea.

In a letter to the prime ministers of the four states on Thursday, Stalin said the NEET and JEE 2020 candidates had difficulty writing the exams.

“The decision to postpone the exam in June 2020 was mainly due to the fact that the conditions for conducting exams were not favorable and in the hope that normalcy would be restored in a few months,” Stalin told the Prime Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha and Kerala.

“However, the severity of the crisis is worsening across the country. Not only has the pandemic seen floods and landslides that have cut off most of the rural and hilly areas from the mainland. In most states, the public transport system has not yet done so.” resumed, “he added.

Stalin also said that the majority of candidates will not be able to access the railways and air travel and that great uncertainty will persist when reaching the assigned exam centers. Stalin cited the decision of the prime ministers of West Bengal, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Puducherry planning to move the Supreme Court against the center to challenge its decision to conduct NEET and JEE exams.

“Given the grave challenges outlined above that are keeping the well-being and futures of students in mind, I sincerely ask you to show solidarity with states and to go to the Supreme Court for the NEET and JEE exams Postponing the common good as our common booth can help the voices of students and parents across the country, “he added.

On Wednesday, the prime ministers of seven states ruled by non-BJP parties decided to petition the Apex Court to review the central government’s decision to hold the NEET and Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) in September this year.

“The central government, which has failed to prevent the coronavirus from spreading in the country, insists on holding the entrance exams,” Stalin said in a separate statement.

He said the whole nation welcomed the decision of the prime ministers of the seven states.

Pointed out that DMK should abolish the NEET exam, Stalin said the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu should turn to the Apex court if they really oppose the exam.

Not only the opposition parties, but also the ruling OIADMK refuse to hold the exams and demand the abolition of the exams, he said.

In a letter to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Tamil Nadu Health Minister C. Vijayabaskar said Wednesday that holding entrance exams at this time will put students at risk of coronavirus infection.

He said admission to medical schools could be based on grades secured by students in the 12th standard.

The government of Tamil Nadu has from the beginning expressed its opposition to NEET. The state had passed two laws against the entrance exams, but the center didn’t nod.

In June, the government decided to enact an ordinance setting a horizontal quota of 10 percent for students who have studied in state state schools and who have NEET approved.

Opposition parties point out that the NEET questions are not based on the State Board
school Curriculum but on the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) stream, severely penalizing State Board students.

There have also been some student suicides in Tamil Nadu for failing the NEET exam despite getting good results on their 12th standard exams.

Political leaders also point out that the number of medical colleges in the state is higher than the taxes paid by the people of the state.

The NEET enables students from other states to enter colleges in Tamil Nadu because their home states failed to build the necessary medical infrastructure.

The BJP, for its part, pointed its fingers at the former UPA government at the center because it had introduced NEET in the first place.

Opposition to NEET intensified after the threat of hiring proxies for the entrance test surfaced last year and Stalin said that not only agents in Tamil Nadu but agents in other states were involved in such crimes.

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