It is just an ill-thought-out plan! Just like demonetisation!
Money play is a national curse in India, with not even elementary school admissions immune to it.
Amid the circumstances leading to the tragic death of 17-year-old Anitha (details in earlier post), some Indians think this culture of fraud was a driver for NEET. Even if it is, doing so by shortchanging large sections of students not exposed to the CBSE system is criminal.
The education system in Tamil Nadu does need an overhaul but CBSE-centric tests cannot be imposed on States without preparing students for the change. Reforms must be initiated first and common entrance tests enforced later.
A five-year breather is the minimum needed for some semblance of a level-playing field. The students of Tamil Nadu may have been happy even if they had been given one more year. Also, the coaching centres must not be allowed to make a mockery of the system.
NEET is welcome if it is designed to bring about uniformity and meritocracy in the system. But a mad urgency makes it suspect.
The nation cannot be blind to judiciary and political flip-flops and the resulting injustice to students.
Illegal in 2013, Fair in 2017!
After all, the Supreme Court had declared NEET illegal only in 2013 only to be followed by reversals and confusion with Nirmala Sitaraman and the State Government even announcing a deal to delay NEET for Tamil Nadu. The waiver did not last long as the Supreme Court went on to validate and restore NEET.
Let us also not forget that AIIMS and JIPMER enjoy exemptions from NEET.
G Joslin Vethakumar