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TN passes resolution against CUET

TN passes resolution against CUET

The Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution urging the Centre to withdraw the order to conduct Common University Entrance Test (CUET) for admission to courses offered by central universities.

Common University Entrance Test, (CUET 2022) is now under the focus of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin. After his rigorous attempts to bring in a ban for NEET in Tamil Nadu, CM Stalin has now expressed his concerns over the "regressive" nature of the entrance exam. 

Earlier this week, asking for PM Modi's intervention, the Tamil Nadu CM has written a letter hoping for some resolution. In Tamil Nadu, the NEET ban bill was passed in the assembly some time back, but the final approval has still not been granted for implementation. As the disagreement with NEET continues, CM Stalin has now called CUET an "undesirable" rule, one that must be withdrawn by PM Modi.

In a letter to PM Modi, CM Stalin writes, "There is no doubt that this CUET, similar to NEET will side-line the diverse school education systems across the country, grossly undermine the relevance of overall development-oriented long-form learning in schools and make students rely upon coaching centres for improving their entrance examination scores."

In the same letter, CM Stalin also "reiterates" that "any entrance exam that is based on NCERT syllabus will not provide an equal opportunity to all students who have studied in varied State Board syllabi across the country."

In this context, Chief Minister M K Stalin on Monday moved the resolution in the Assembly, urging the Central Government to withdraw the entrance test. “There is no doubt that this CUET, like NEET, will sideline the diverse school education system across the country, grossly undermine the relevance of overall development-oriented long-form learning in schools and make students rely upon coaching centres for improving their entrance examination scores”, he said.

"The Assembly feels that any entrance examination that is based on the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) syllabus will not provide an equal opportunity to all students who have studied in varied state board syllabi across the country," the resolution stated.

Opposing the resolution, BJP staged a walkout while the others including the main opposition party, the AIADMK and the ruling DMK's allies including Congress and the Left parties supported the resolution. Speaker M Appavu then declared that the resolution has been adopted unanimously.