CHENNAI: Mounting a scathing attack on those opposing Neet (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) in Tamil Nadu, Union minister of state for road transport, highways and shipping Pon Radhakrishnan has blamed the TN politicians for “misleading” the students on the national level eligibility test. Contending that the “low education standards” and the demand for exempting the state from Neet had only added to the confusion among the students, he said those opposing Neet in Tamil Nadu and in Puducherry were only misleading the student community.
“Can the students be misled by the politicians or opposition party leaders? Whoever it may be, they have misled the students. Until the time the examination was held they have been going around telling that Neet will not be held,” he said on Saturday. He also took strong exception to the parties that discouraged the IAS aspirants. “If they go on misleading the students, how will they (students) perform?” the minister asked.
Tamil Nadu politicians have on several occasions, raised the issue of rural students missing opportunities in competition with their urban counterparts. The DMK, referring to the Neet results, said the interests of Tamil Nadu students who pursued their education under the state board should be protected. It may be recalled that in April this year, the state government raised the issue of Neet, at the NITI Aayog meeting in New Delhi. It also demanded Presidential assent to the two bills.
However, declining to budge from the stand, Union health minister J. P. Nadda had earlier said Neet was “being implemented” in Tamil Nadu too; and asked the State government to consider giving reservation to rural students.