NEET: Medical Education not available to the poor, Madras HC expresses concern

NEET: Medical Education not available to the poor, Madras HC expresses concern

Meera Emmanuel

The Madras High Court on Monday expressed concern that the prevailing system of admission to medical colleges rooted in the NEET examination may be disadvantageous for the poor.

The Court observed,

“… it is shocking to note that only negligible candidates have got admission without undergoing coaching. That means Medical Education is not available to the poor people and it is available only to those who underwent coaching classes by spending lakhs and lakhs of rupees. Moreover, this will also put the rural students in a disadvantageous position, as they lack facilities of undergoing coaching. It should also be taken note of by the Central Government, which brought the Rules and Regulations or amendment for conducting NEET Examination.”

The High Court was informed that of the total students that qualified for Government medical college through NEET, only 48 students had not undergone coaching classes whereas 3,033 students who passed the test had taken coaching. Similarly, only 52 students who did not undergo coaching were able to attain admission to self financing colleges, whereas 1,598 students who were admitted had gone through entrance coaching.

The Bench of Justices N Kirubakaran and P Velmurugan was hearing a matter filed in the wake of the NEET impersonation scandal which broke recently. In September this year, it came to light that several students in Tamil Nadu had obtained medical admission by having proxies write the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

The Bench was also informed that the National Testing Agency has submitted the fingerprints of the students who wrote the exam this year over to the CBCID. As per the order passed yesterday, this includes the fingerprints of 6,976 students belonging to the Government and Private Medical Colleges and 1,250 students belonging to 7 Deemed Universities

Further, Additional Advocate General Arvindh Pandian submitted that by the next hearing, that mechanism will be formulated to verify these fingerprints and report on the same would be submitted.

The Court also directed the Central Government and the Medical Council of India to verify whether they have received any complaints of NEET malpractices in other states.

The matter has been listed to be taken up next on November 7.

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