Under the National Eligibility Entrance Test (National), students from the next academic session will be able to write medical examination from their district. Union Human Resources Minister Prakash Javadekar gave this information in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
On the second day of the monsoon session, a Rajya Sabha member had mentioned the problems of students who gave the exam. In response, Javadekar said this.
According to the sources, during the zero period in Parliament, AIADMK member Vijay Sathyananth from Tamil Nadu raised the issue of the imperfections of Tamil paper of NEET. He urged the Human Resource Ministry to consider 49 wrong questions while addressing the central government. Sathyananth also appealed to increase medical seats in Tamil Nadu. Since the first round of counselling for medical admissions has already ended in Tamil Nadu.
Ms. Sathyananth went on to highlight the shoddy handling of the examination. “A Tamil Nadu student went to Sikkim to write the examination,” she said, adding that many Tamil Nadu students were asked to write the examination in neighbouring States and even in Rajasthan. She also claimed the girl students were asked to removed their nose pins, earrings and even their dupattas at some examination centres. “The government is answerable to the mental agony, hardships and sufferings of the students,” she said.
Replying to this, Javadekar said, the next session will be the same question paper in the entire country. Javadekar also said that Tamil paper was brought on the recommendation of the Tamil Nadu government. He convinced the members present in the House that students from the next session will not have to go anywhere else. They will be able to give the exam from their district itself.
The Minister said he wouldn’t comment on issuing grace marks to students since the matter was sub-judice. When RS Chairperson M. Venkiah Naidu asked about students being made to travel long distances to take the examination, Mr. Javadekar replied: “There will be no displacement of children from next year. Every student will be able to write exam from his/her district.”