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Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
Magic wand used in reference to the finding of a simple solution to an difficult problem
Status quo The existing state of affairs
Tangible Capable of being treated as fact
Perceive Become conscious of
Erstwhile Belonging to some prior time
Moot (law) of no legal significance (as having been previously decided)
Crystallise Cause to take on a definite and clear shape
Dispassionate Unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice
Price out to make someone unable to buy or pay for something because the price is too high
Rampant Unrestrained and violent
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Tamil Nadu’s case against NEET

The odds are against TN, but it is time to ask whether the test has met its objectives

The Bill passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly to exempt aspirants for its undergraduate medical courses from the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) is no magic wand (used in reference to the finding of a simple solution to an difficult problem) that will dramatically alter the status quo (The existing state of affairs). There seems to be no tangible (Capable of being treated as fact) basis for the hope and optimism behind its intent to deliver its rural and urban poor from what it perceives (Become conscious of) to be an inequitable admission system that favours the rich and the elite. It hopes to receive Presidential assent, even though similar Bills passed by the erstwhile (Belonging to some prior time) AIADMK regime had been denied the favour in 2017. Such assent is required as the proposed State law is in conflict with the parliamentary legislation regulating medical admissions. The key element the DMK has brought to the table now to fulfil its electoral promise of abolishing NEET is a report by the Justice (retd.) A.K. Rajan Committee on the adverse impact of NEET on students and health-care delivery in the State. The committee’s view that NEET would adversely affect the rural and urban poor, and consequently, the State’s future manpower availability to run its network of primary health centres, has many takers, as well as some truth behind it. The moot question, however, is whether the mere inclusion of these elements from the report in the Bill’s preamble and its Statement of Objects and Reasons is sufficient incentive for the Centre to grant the exemption that Tamil Nadu wants.

NEET has become crystallised (Cause to take on a definite and clear shape) as the only means of gaining admission to medical institutions, including private colleges, after the Supreme Court’s categorical view that such a test alone could help maintain standards. It will be quite difficult for the Union government to grant relief to one State alone in the face of this strong and inflexible judicial opinion. However, what is possible is for the rest of the country not to dismiss the anti-NEET narrative in Tamil Nadu as a product of Tamil exclusivism; rather, there is a case to examine it dispassionately (Unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice). The State has invested heavily in medical education infrastructure and aimed to afford easy access to all sections: this has so far preserved the efficiency of its health-care system. The time may also have come to examine whether NEET has met its purposes of improving standards and curbing commercialisation and profiteering. Under current norms, one quite low on the merit rank can still buy a medical seat in a private college, while those ranked higher but only good enough to get a government quota seat in a private institution can be priced out (to make someone unable to buy or pay for something because the price is too high) of the system. The Centre should do something other than consider an exemption to Tamil Nadu. It has to conceive a better system that will allow a fair admission process while preserving inter se merit and preventing rampant (Unrestrained and violent) commercialisation.

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