In a significant verdict delivered yesterday, the Supreme Court of India has barred protests/rallies against the common National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET), passing which has now become mandatory for students across the country to pursue medical courses.
Tamil Nadu’s aspiring medical students saw their dreams getting shattered with the Centre saying a categorical ‘no’ to exempt them for a year from appearing in NEET. Tamil students, who mostly studied the Matriculation syllabus, apparently found the going tough in NEET whose question paper is devised after the CBSE syllabus. Ariyalur’s Anitha, who failed in the NEET exam, committed suicide two weeks back.
Students and youths have been protesting hard for the past fortnight in Chennai and in other parts of the State demanding permanent exemption to Tamil Nadu students from appearing in NEET exam. Anitha’s suicide has apparently rubbed the students sentimentally. Advocate Mani had filed a case with the Supreme Court demanding a ban on such protests and an inquiry into Anitha’s suicide.
The apex Court took up Mani’s petition yesterday after refusing to treat it as an ‘emergency’ petition. During the interrogation, it passed an order barring any violent protest or agitation by youths or students or people or political parties against NEET in the State. It also said that there was no ‘ground’ to order an inquiry into the suicide of Ariyalur Anitha.