The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to MBBS and BDS courses was conducted recently. Only students who have scored high marks in +2 examination apply for admissions in medical courses.
They come to the examination centre after preparing themselves well. When such is the case, who do the authorities impose unnecessary conditions and carry out strict checks at the examination centres. How is the NEET exam is related to the cloths or jewels worn by a candidate or her hairstyle? The authorities should limit themselves to monitoring of students whether they are copying or indulging in malpractices.
If anyone was found copying or indulging in any malpractice the candidate can be sent out. But these stringent checks seem to be amusing. Women candidates wearing jewels like earrings and nose-rings are not spared and are subjected to stringent checks at the examination centres.
Can they copy by concealing paper bits inside jimmikis and kammals? The professors and invigilators know this well but they cannot ignore the orders from higher ups and are forced to carry out these checks. The NEET is conducted in 11 languages including Tamil, English and Hindi.
The NEET has shattered the dreams of students hailing from poor and middle class families of becoming doctors. The government is for the masses and not the other way round. If a country has to achieve economic development it should have developed in the field of education also.
Then only it can raise its head on a par with other countries across the globe. With elections for the Lok Sabha being held all over the country, the Congress party in its manifesto has promised that it would abolish the NEET if it was voted to power and form government at the centre.
If the party fulfils its promises after coming to power, it would be lighting the lamp in the lives of students from poor families. The unnecessary stringent checks also will be done away with.