DMK President M Karunanidhi took exception to the Union government’s plan to begin a common entrance test (CET) for admissions to medical courses across the country. Karunanidhi alleged that the move will damage the prospects of the rural students.
Recently, the Medical Council of India (MCI) sent a proposal to the central government for a unified common entrance test (CET) for admissions to MBBS, postgraduate and super-specialty medical courses across the country. MCI also suggested to the government to amend section 33 of the Indian Medical Council Act to ensure proper implementation of the new scheme.
Karunanidhi requested the Union Ministry to follow the earlier order of the Supreme Court’s in this regard. The proposal would be a setback to Tamil Nadu’s reservation policy, which allows 69% seats for backward classes in different educational institutions.
He urged the centre to continue with the present norms, and no common test for professional colleges, including medicine, should be a permanent decision. The former DMK government scrapped the policy of common entrance test from the 2007-08 academic session. The process of admission has been the basis of marks secured in plus two marks and the reservation policy since then. The move was to do away with the inequalities between deprived rural students and urban students, who have the benefit of admission to educational institutions.
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In June 2013, the Apex Court had already ruled the MCI’s notification as invalid for holding NEET (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test) for admission to MBBS/BDS and post-graduate courses. The notification was said to be against the Constitution by the three-judge bench, and MCI was not allowed to lay down the procedure for the common medical entrance tests. The MCI notification was said to be unlawful and in violation of Articles 19, 25, 26, 29 and 30 of the Constitution.
The alleged move by the centre to re-introduce a common entrance test to medical courses tantamount to interfering in state’s rights, Karunanidhi said.