Kanimozhi hands over Stalin’s letter on NEET to Naveen

Kanimozhi hands over Stalin’s letter on NEET to Naveen

Bhubaneswar: Amid stiff opposition to NEET in Tamil Nadu, the ruling DMK’s Deputy Leader in Parliament Kanimozhi met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday, apparently to seek his support to stop the Centre’s alleged interference in admissions to medical colleges set up by State governments.
Kanimozhi was in Odisha as part of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin’s outreach to chief ministers of non-BJP-ruled States on the issue. Kanimozhi handed over the letter to Naveen and explained to him the problems faced by students from rural areas and poor households in clearing the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to MBBS courses, a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said.
In his letter, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister drew the attention of Naveen to the problems faced by students in clearing NEET (undergraduate) examination and also stressed on the need to make the examinations inclusive, the statement said. Several candidates appearing for NEET have ended their lives in Tamil Nadu over the years due to failure to clear the nationwide entrance examination, prompting the State Assembly to pass a bill to dispense with NEET and allow admission on the basis of Class 12 marks to ensure “social justice.”
While a delegation of DMK MPs met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday, Kanimozhi was sent to meet Naveen, who had earlier raised the issue with the Centre and stressed the importance of making national examinations inclusive, including those for admission to the IITs and those that are conducted by the UPSC. There was no official word on whether the two leaders discussed politics.

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