COIMBATORE: The Supreme Court order directing Tamil Nadu to organise medical admission based on the National Entrance cum Eligibility Test (NEET) is expected to put pressure on the State Board students, who aspire to become doctors, as they would be forced to study two separate syllabi simultaneously. The worse affected would be Government and aided school students and those from rural background as they would be compelled to go to coaching classes for NEET. The Tamil Nadu State Platform for Common School System general secretary, PB Prince Gajendra Babu, wondered if such students had the time, resources and access for coaching.
Stating that the CBSE syllabus was not updated, he said, “The National Curriculum Framework was drawn in 2005 and subsequently the CBSE syllabus was last revised in 2006-07. Normally, the school syllabus should be revised once in 3-5 years. So, the CBSE syllabus which is 10 years old is also outdated.” Earlier, there was a trend among CBSE students to switch over to Tamil Nadu State Board after completing Class X to score good marks in Plus Two as medical and engineering admissions were based on the latter. “Now, the trend would reverse.
In future, the State Board students’ strength will come down,” Prince Gajendra Babu said. Academics felt that the State’s attempt to revise the State Board syllabus — which was done by the Tamil Nadu Curriculum Framework Committee, headed by former Vice Chancellor of A n n a U n iv e r s i t y M Anandakrishnan — was likely to take time to be finalised. After that, it would also need some years to implement the same as it could only be done in a phased manner, they said. Even if the State Board syllabus was revised, the medical aspirants would need additional coaching for NEET based on the CBSE syllabus.
Doctors Association for Social Equality (DASE) general secretary, GR Ravindranath, demanded the Centre to bring in an ordinance to revise the MCI amendment and not to impose NEET on Tamil Nadu State controlled medical admission process. “The Centre should respect the fact that all political parties unanimously passed the Bill in the State Assembly,” he stated. “The State government has given false hope to students that medical admission will be done based on State Board result. The Centre has neither accepted the two Bills passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly nor rejected the bills. It is not only an issue of medical admission, it is an issue of public health system of Tamil Nadu,” he added.