Madras High Court today made some critical observations on Tamil Nadu government’s opposition to National Eligibility cum Entrance Test. “Are we not ashamed of opposing the NEET. Do you underestimate the ability of our students and the standard of education in Tamil Nadu?
“Do you feel that our students will not do better than students of other states? When all other states have not objected what is the reason for (TN) opposing it?” Justice N Kirubakaran asked.
The observations were made during the hearing of a batch of petitions seeking allotment of 50 per cent of the PG seats in private colleges to government quota.
He posed the questions when counsel for state health department brought to the notice of the court that on NEET, the Tamil Nadu Assembly had passed a bill to exempt the state and it was pending assent from the President.
Later, passing interim orders, the Judge directed the Medical Council of India to file an affidavit on the number of seats approved in post-graduate degree and diploma courses in the colleges in Tamil Nadu and how they were filled in the last academic year.
He also sought to know the steps taken by MCI to see that the seats were filled up as per merits and regulations and quota fixed by the MCI. The affidavit should also state the procedure to be followed for 2017-18 by the colleges.
During the hearing, the Judge also pulled up MCI for its ‘inaction’ as he posed a series of questions. Being the approving authority, what was the role being played by MCI in controlling the institutions which are running like ‘business firms’? he asked.
The Judge directed the MCI to state as to how much had been spent for a medical student in graduate and PG courses separately as per the budgetary allocation in this regard.
MCI was also directed to state whether it had computerised data base in connection with the faculties in each institution.
Impleading the Union Ministry of Health and family affairs as the respondent, the Judge adjourned the matter to April 3 for further hearing.