“The Tamil Nadu assembly, on Monday, passed a Bill to scrap the National Entrance cum Eligibility Test (NEET) and admit students to undergraduate programmes in medicine on the basis of their performance in their Class 12 examinations — a move that the state government said was in the interests of “social justice”. Tamil Nadu has long been opposing centralised entrance exam arguing that it puts socially and economically backward, rural students at disadvantage. And that is why it also scrapped the CET examination. so between 2006 to 2017, the state did not have any entrance test for medical college admission. only Class 12 board exam marks were considered for admissions into colleges. But ever since NEET was introduced in 2017, more than a dozen students in Tamil Nadu have died by suicide, including three deaths since Sunday (September 12), when the exam was held. Protests have erupted with families and students particularly from hinterlands calling for banning the exam. Why is Tamil Nadu opposing NEET so staunchly and what are the reasons behind it. We will understand this all from the man who chaired a committee whose report laid the framework for anti-NEET bill. Former Madras HC Justice AK Rajan is joining us today. We will talk to him and understand why Tamil Nadu opposes NEET? and what next?
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