The Supreme Court refused to hear a PIL filed against the signature campaign being run by Tamil Nadu’s ruling party DMK demanding abolition of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to medical colleges across the country. The petition sought an order to the Tamil Nadu government not to allow such activities in schools there. The bench said, after hearing the petitioner, we have come to the conclusion that there is no need for any interference in the matter.
A bench of Justices Surya Kant and KV Vasvinathan refused to entertain the plea from petitioner ML Ravi, saying such an issue should not be raised under a PIL. The bench also said that the students appearing for NEET exam are not as innocent as they are considered to be. Fortunately, we now have a very knowledgeable generation. These children understand the purpose and agenda behind the signature campaign. On the signature campaign, the bench said, ‘Such campaigns do not affect any policy that such competitive examination is to be conducted on an all India basis. The campaign is not going to make any difference…let the people say.
In October last year, the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in Tamil Nadu had launched a campaign to collect 50 lakh signatures in 50 days demanding the abolition of NEET.
Let us tell you that through the NEET UG examination conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), MBBS, BDS, Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS), etc. across the country. Admission is done in courses like Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS).
Currently, 1.04 lakh MBBS seats are available for admission in medical colleges across the country. These include 54000 seats in government medical colleges. BDS has more than 27800 seats. There are 52700 AYUSH courses and 603 veterinary science and animal husbandry courses.
Last year, a record 20.87 lakh students had applied for NEET.