CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has written to 11 non-BJP-ruled states and his counterparts in Goa seeking their support to oppose the national aptitude test and restore “state priority” in education, the government said on Monday.
Also, Stalin appointed his party MPs to reach out to the heads of such states.
In a letter to his counterparts, the chief minister reiterated his opposition to his government.
“Our perceived position has always been that the move by the central government is contrary to the spirit of federalism and violates the constitutional balance of power by state governments, limiting the right of state governments to decide on admissions to established medical institutions.”
State governments must ensure their constitutional rights and position in determining admissions to their institutions of higher learning, Stalin requested in a letter dated October 1, available to the media on Monday.
Chief Minister Justice AK Rajan attached a copy of the committee report on the basis of which a bill was passed in the Assembly last month to contact Nitish and arrange for admission to medical courses based on Class XII to ensure social justice. Also, a copy of that bill passed Sept. 13 was attached.
Stalin requested that they examine the attached documents and increase their cooperation so that students from the respective states, rural residents and marginalized people of the society would not face any difficulty in getting admission in higher education institutions.
“We need to make a concerted effort to restore the supremacy of state governments in managing the education sector as enshrined in our constitution. I look forward to your cooperation on this important issue.”
Stalin wrote letters to the chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Jharkhand, Kerala, Maharashtra, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana, West Bengal and Goa.
A 165-page report was submitted by a government-appointed Justice Rajan panel in July to examine the impact of the policy on the state.
Citing the panel report, the bill said that if NEET continues for a few more years, the healthcare system in Tamil Nadu will be badly affected and there may not be enough doctors for posting in primary health centers or state-run hospitals and so that rural and urban poor cannot attend medical courses.
The committee concluded that the policy was not a fair or equitable method of admission as it was in favor of the rich and elite of the society and against the disadvantaged groups.
The panel recommended that “the state government may take immediate action against the use of NIT in admissions to medical programs at all levels following the required legal or regulatory procedures.”


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