Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has sought the support of the Chief Ministers of 12 states against the conduct of the medical entrance exam – NEET. The letter aims to highlight the “need to make a joint effort to restore the primacy of the State Governments in the administration of the education sector as envisaged in the Constitution”. The letter has been sent mostly to the states ruled by the opposition parties.
Stalin has requested the Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Jharkhand, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana, West Bengal and Goa to extend their support in this regard to ensure that our respective states students from rural areas and Marginalized sections of the society should not face difficulty in getting admission in higher educational institutions. We need to make a joint effort to restore the primacy of the state governments in the administration of the education sector as envisaged in our Constitution,” he wrote.
“Our position of view has always been that the move by the Central Government to introduce NEET goes against the spirit of federalism and violates the constitutional balance of power by curtailing the powers of the State Governments to decide on the mode of admission,” the letter said. in the medical institutions established, established and operated by them.”
Stalin also attached Report submitted by Justice AK Rajan Committee, which was appointed by the Government of Tamil Nadu To study whether the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) based admission process has affected the socially backward students in the last few years.
The committee was also requested to suggest alternative admission procedures that would benefit all students, the feasibility of implementing such options and legal steps would be taken to implement such fair and equitable methods. Based on the recommendation of the committee, the state of Tamil Nadu has recently passed the ‘Tamil Nadu Admission to Undergraduate Medical Degree Courses Act, 2021’.