Recently, University Grants Commission or UGC has announced that the candidates who aspire to appear for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET will have only three attempts now. However, the decision of UGC received mixed response from both teachers and students. Some of the teachers indicated that the limit on the number of attempts would make the students more focused. On the other hand, some of the students claimed that UGC should have given a couple of more attempts for NEET.
Dr. B. Karunakar Reddy, Vice-Chancellor of Kaloji Narayana Health University, indicated that the qualifying marks for NEET in the previous year was 145 out of 720 which means that if the candidates fail to secure 20 percentile of marks in three attempts, he/she is not eligible to become a doctor. On the other hand, Dr. N. Yadaiah, Convener of TS EAMCET 2017 expressed that if the candidates fail to qualify in NEET even after three attempts, he/she should start looking for alternative career options.
However, one of the renowned educationalists was of the opinion that students from rural India would be adversely affected by the decision taken by UGC, particularly the students who qualify +2 from vernacular medium schools. These students need more time to succeed in NEET.
Additionally, one of the students expressed her concern over the fact that she was not able to clear NEET in the previous attempt due to lack of preparation and now she is afraid that she will have only one more attempt if she does not clear NEET 2017.
Another student who is pursuing Intermediate first year in Hyderabad stated that she would start preparing for NEET a year in advance so that she can achieve success in the first attempt.
On the other hand, the government of Tamil Nadu is planning to table a Bill in the ongoing assembly session to exclude Tamil Nadu from National Eligibility cum Entrance Test. The state decided to take the legislative route after holding consultations with the officials of the law department. One of the officials revealed that it is better to bring a legislating through the State Assembly instead of fighting in Supreme Court.
The proposed legislation by the government of Tamil Nadu means that the state government is going to make necessary statutory amendments to stay out from the ambit of NEET this year. The state government can make amendments as the professional education falls under Concurrent List which means both Central and State governments can make amendments on the subject. However, the assent of President is required for making amendments.