The central government has made NEET mandatory for admission to medical students. Subsequently, NEET was introduced in Tamil Nadu in 2017. As a result even after scoring 1,176 out of 1,200 in the 12th standard public examination and going all the way to the Supreme Court, Anitha of Ariyalur took her own life as her medical dream was lost.
This caused great shocks across Tamil Nadu. All the parties in Tamil Nadu except the BJP are protesting that the medical dream of rural and poor students will be at a loss due to NEET exam and therefore, NEET exam should be cancelled. Especially the Congress party which introduced the NEET exam in 2010 is also demanding to cancel this exam. A series of protests are being held to emphasize this. More than 10 students have died.
In 2021, when M.K.Stalin took charge as the Chief Minister, a committee headed by retired judge A.K.Rajan was formed to study the effects of the NEET exam on the students. The committee submitted its detailed recommendations to the government on July 14, 2021. Based on that, in the assembly meeting held on 13th September 2022, a bill was passed to exempt Tamil Nadu from the NEET examination. The Bill was sent to the Governor for President's assent.
The governor was undecided. At one point the governor sent the bill back. This was condemned by the ruling DMK government. Leaders of political parties also protested against the Governor's decision. Subsequently, the bill to cancel the NEET exam was again passed in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly and sent to the Governor. The Governor has sent it to the President.
Why only Tamilnadu opposes NEET exam? The question is also raised by some. Tamil Nadu has the highest number of medical colleges in India. Tamil Nadu is more aware of educational issues than other states. This is where the single window system was introduced, particularly in admissions. Therefore, academicians say they are resisting the impact of NEET examination.
In this case, the letter written by Madurai MP S.Venkatesan to the President requesting to approve the NEET Exemption Bill of the Tamil Nadu Government as soon as possible, has received a reply. In it, it has been mentioned that this bill has been sent to the Central Home Department for further action. Meanwhile, a building at Ariyalur Government Medical College has been named after Anita. Speaking at the function, Minister Udayanidhi Stalin said, "We will wage a legal struggle till the cancellation of the NEET exam."
Will NEET be canceled in Tamil Nadu? Will the right to education be upheld?