New Delhi: Maximum number of people have expressed their opinion against the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in Tamil Nadu, a recent report submitted by AK Ranjan committee said.
The committee headed by former justice AK Ranjan, received feedback from 86,342 people and a majority of them have expressed their opinion against the medical entrance exam. MK Stalin led-DMK government in Tamil Nadu had promised exemption for Tamil Nadu NEET students after coming to power in the state.
The report will likely strengthen the Tamil Nadu government’s argument to abolish NEET.
Retired Justice AK Rajan heading the committee submitted the 165-page long report to the Secretariat to Chief Minister, M K Stalin. He added that the report only comprises the views of the participants and has no personal view of the committee members.
A 9-member committee was formed by the state to study the impact of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) on students from socially backward classes, on June 10, 2021.
It was given a month to make a report and submit it to the CM. Its main focus was mainly on government schools and government-aided school students.
On June 29, Madras High Court ordered the Tamil Nadu government to respond to a plea moved by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) against the 9-member committee headed by AK Ranjan.
The committee had finished the report on July 10, however, the pending case in the Madras HC restricted its submission to the CM office.
The writ petition was fled by Tamil Nadu BJP secretary K Nagarajan against the constitution of the committee headed by Justice AK Rajan. As a major setback, the first bench of Madras High Court rejected the Public Interest Litigation which mentions that state governments have the right to constitute committees such as the one constituted by DMK.
The Bench, headed by High Court Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee said that the constitution of the committee appeared to be an exercise in futility since the Supreme Court had made it clear that Tamil Nadu must fall in line and accept NEET.
The state government must obtain the leave of the Supreme Court before constituting the committee, the court had added. Meanwhile, the NEET examination is scheduled for September 12.
(With inputs from ANI)