1 Jul 2022

Chennai Teen Dies In Suicide Weeks Before Medical Examination NEET

A medical doctor died by suicide in Chennai on Wednesday, just weeks before he took the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), an admission test that is mandatory for admission to medical colleges in the country.
In a video message to his parents and sibling, P Danush, 18, the driver's son, said, "I could not win; I could not win. I am the only one who is responsible for my death."

No suicide note was found, police said.

The student, who hails from the community, received admission to a private medical college last year, but his family could not afford to pay for him or enroll him in private training courses, investigators said. She was preparing herself to attend a state medical college this year.

More than 20 medical candidates, including board leaders, have committed suicide a few years ago in Tamil Nadu after failing to get enough marks at NEET to be admitted to public colleges.

Tamil Nadu strongly opposes NEET, arguing that the system favors only those who can afford private training. The government says the test puts poor and rural students at a disadvantage.

For almost a decade, the state allowed medical admission only on the basis of Class 12 marks.

The Tamil Nadu meeting has passed a bill seeking to be released from NEET, based on the recommendations of the AK Rajan Justice Committee. After a bizarre delay, the Governor has handed it over to the President, who still has to do something about it. A similar bill for the previous AIADMK government was rejected by the President.

In what appears to be a growing support for Tamil Nadu's position in NEET, at least three other provinces - Karnataka, West Bengal and Kerala - have demanded exemption from entry exams.

Many experts argue that NEET is the only strategy to ensure a continuous list of students to private medical colleges, especially those run by high-profile politicians.

However, there are claims that the program has reviewed the previously uncontrolled acceptance process based on donations.

Meanwhile, some suggest that NEET may be restricted to private colleges only.

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