Four students, who were scheduled to run for the highly competitive NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test), died of suicide this week in Tamil Nadu. The medical course entrance exam will be held across the country today amid a wave of coronavirus cases.
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Even Aditya, the son of a Dharmapuri scrap dealer, was unable to cancel the NEETs last year. He was found dead yesterday at his home.
A 19-year-old Madurai woman who was on the waiting list after appearing for NEETs last year and Vignesh, the son of a farmer in Ariyalur, who couldn’t afford a private college last year, died of suicide. police said.
The state had previously urged the center to exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET due to the coronavirus crisis and allow it to offer medical shelter based on Class XII votes.
Going one step further, PMK founder S Ramadoss on Wednesday called for NEET to be permanently canceled. “Abolishing NEETs is the only solution,” he said Wednesday.
DMK chief MK Stalin is another fierce critic of keeping the NEET amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He asked the center to send him back. “NEET destabilizes students,” Stalin said earlier this week.
Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam expressed condolences. “Students should learn to face any situation with courage and parents should help them with that,” said AIADMK’s Mr. Panneerselvam on Saturday.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to admit petitions that sought to postpone or cancel NEETs. A bench led by Judge Ashok Bhushan said authorities will take all possible measures to lead NEETs safely during the pandemic.
For nearly a decade, Tamil Nadu has abolished the medical entrance exam, claiming that it leads to stress among students and that poor students cannot afford private coaching.
Students were admitted to medical schools on the basis of grade 12 grades.
During the UPA government, the state had managed presidential assent that exempted him from NEET. The BJP government, however, refused the exemption.
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