BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has opposed the restrictions imposed on the number of attempts for students appearing in the National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET-UG). In a letter to Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Jagat Prakash Nadda, the Chief Minister expressed concern over limiting the number of attempts, which a candidate can avail to appear in the NEET-UG examination, to three.
“It is surprising to note that before taking such an important decision which will decide the future of a large number of students, the views of the State Government have not been sought,” he said.
The Chief Minister said such a restriction imposed on the eligibility criteria for seeking admission to pursue higher education through competitive examination undermines the right of the student community, especially those belonging to the weaker sections of society.
“Such a restriction will deprive a huge number of students from pursuing medical/dental courses leading to widespread resentment amongst them,” he said. Naveen requested for the personal intervention of the Union Minister in the matter for removing the restriction on the number of attempts in the larger interest of the student community.