If the medical entrance examination — NEET — continues, there may not be enough expert doctors to be used at government hospitals, 165 pages of a report on medical admissions in Tamil Nadu from a Rajan Committee entitled ‘The High-Level Committee Report’ The AK Rajan Committee was established by Tamil Nadu’s government to examine the NEET’s social and financial impact.
Finally, the 165-page report is published. This is the basis of the report on which the Tamil Nadu Assembly voted against a national admission test (NEET). The State sought a waiver of its students from the centralised examination. The government suggests that schools based on class 12 should be registered in place of NEET.
The report reveals that students registered in MBBS through the NEET course were not very well performed than students registered according to grade 12 marks.
If NEET continues for a few more years, “the health care system of Tamil Nadu will be very badly affected,” the report states. It adds that as a result, ultimately Tamil Nadu may go back to pre-independence days. Tamil Nadu as a State would go down in the rank among States, in the Medical and Health Care system, states the report.
The report also suggests that NEET is skewed towards students from wealthy families. NEET is dangerous to the robust public health system prevailing in Tamil Nadu. “Those who get admitted based on NEET are primarily from urban, affluent, educated families. We found that 70% of students when they finish their PG course chose to work with private corporate hospitals. But it was not the case before the introduction of NEET. Earlier, 70% of students chose to work with government hospitals. Therefore I would say NEET is destructive, it shatters the public health system,” Dr Jawahar Nesan, a member of Justice AK Rajan committee had told News18.com.
Justice AK Rajan committee comprises nine members including the state Health Secretary, Director of Medical Education. The committee received around 90000 responses from the public about the impact of NEET. The committee had worked for a month to submit a 165-page report to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
The report also suggests that due to NEET, there has been a shift of students from the TNBSE to CBSE. While the central board saw a 31% increase in student enrollment, TNBSE saw a 30% decrease in the number of students.