Chennai: Four students who appeared for the highly competitive NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) died by committing suicide in Tamil Nadu this week. Entrance examinations for medical courses will be held nationwide today amid an increase in coronovirus cases.
Two students – Aditya and Jothishree – were found dead yesterday. Twenty-one-year-old Motilal, the son of a businessman from Tiruchengode town in Tamil Nadu, could not take the entrance exam last year; He was to be reintroduced today.
Aditya, the son of a scrap trader from Dharmapuri, was also unable to clear NEET last year. He was found dead at his home yesterday.
Police said a 19-year-old woman from Madurai who was on the waiting list for NEET last year, and Vignesh, the son of a farmer in Ariyalur who could not afford a private college last year, also died by suicide. Gone, police said. .
The state had earlier urged the Center to exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET due to coronovirus crisis and allow medical admission on the basis of twelfth grade marks.
Going a step further, PMK founder S Ramadoss on Wednesday demanded that NEET should be scrapped permanently. “The only remedy is to eliminate the NEET,” he said on Wednesday.
DMK chief MK Stalin made another fierce criticism for catching the NEET amVID-19 epidemic. He is asking the Center to postpone it. “Statin destabilizes students,” Mr. Stalin said earlier this week.
Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam expressed grief. Mr. Panneerselvam of AIADMK said on Saturday, “Students should face any situation with courage and parents should help them in this.”
The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to accept the petitions seeking the removal or cancellation of the NEET. A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said that the authorities will take all possible steps to safely conduct NEET amid the epidemic.
For nearly a decade, Tamil Nadu had scrapped the medical entrance exam, stating that it causes stress in students and poor students cannot afford private coaching.
The students were given admission in medical colleges on the basis of 12th standard marks.
During the UPA rule, the state had managed the assent of the President which exempted the state from the NEET. The BJP government, however, refused the waiver.
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