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Kerala Assembly Passes Unanimous Motion Criticizing Centre Over NEET Scam

Noida June 27, 2024: Kerala Legislative Assembly passed a unanimous motion on Wednesday, June 26th, 2024, criticizing the Central government’s handling of the recent National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) scam.

Focus on Allegations and Shortcomings

The motion, presented by the Minister for Higher Education, R Bindu, specifically targeted the Centre’s stance on the alleged question paper leak. It highlighted the subsequent cancellation of the NEET exam, along with other irregularities that plagued the NEET-PG and CSIR-NET examinations.

Kerala’s Track Record and Demands

The motion acknowledged Kerala’s history of conducting “complaint-free” pre-medical entrance examinations. However, it stopped short of explicitly asking for the state to regain control over conducting the medical entrance exam.

Some legislators, like P Vishnunath from the Congress party, did advocate for the return of state-led medical entrance exams, similar to positions taken by other states like Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

The motion’s primary focus remained on criticizing the Centre’s handling of the NEET scam and demanding a more transparent and accountable examination system.

Potential Repercussions

This unanimous vote by the Kerala Assembly puts pressure on the Central government to address the concerns surrounding the NEET exam. It could lead to:

  • Increased Scrutiny: The motion may prompt a more thorough investigation into the alleged irregularities in the NEET exam and potentially other national entrance tests.
  • Policy Changes: Public pressure from Kerala and potentially other states could push for reforms in the NEET exam structure or the creation of a more robust oversight mechanism to ensure fair and transparent examinations.
  • Renewed Debate on State Control: The motion might reignite the debate on states conducting their own medical entrance exams, potentially leading to discussions on a more decentralized approach to medical education admissions across India.

A Call for Transparency and Fairness

Kerala Assembly’s action highlights the importance of conducting national entrance exams with integrity and fairness. The motion serves as a reminder that ensuring a level playing field for aspiring students is crucial for maintaining public trust in the education system.

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