With Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal vehemently opposing the ordinance on the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), the state government has decided that the examination will be applied in all medical colleges in the national capital.
Speaking to ANI here, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that a high level meeting will be called today to discuss the implementation of NEET in Delhi medical colleges.
“Delhi government is completely opposed to the sale of seats which is why a meeting has been called, in which senior officers from the education department will be present and we will discuss on how NEET will be applied in Delhi medical colleges,” Sisodia said.
Asserting that the “sale” of medical seats had become a major issue for the entire nation, he added that an ‘educational mafia’ is spreading its roots across the country in all technical colleges, including engineering and medical, in lot of powerful people are investing their black money.
“In medical colleges if seats are sold through making large donations, then what kind of doctors will those students become? The nation is of the same mind that medical seats must not be sold to anyone whatsoever and that there should be free and fair selection on merit,” Sisodia said.
He also lauded President Pranab Mukherjee’s call to seek legal advice on the ordinance to keep state boards out of the ambit of NEET, for this year and called on him to take a decision keeping the nation’s emotion in mind.
“So, in this matter I think that the President, the centre and all state governments must work together to rescue education from the education mafia,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kejriwal has called on the President to not to sign the ordinance.
Kejriwal had earlier written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him not to bring any order against the Supreme Court ruling on NEET, saying the students had welcomed the decision as it discouraged well endowed parents from making ‘donations’ to get their children admitted into reputed private medical colleges.
However the Centre cleared the ordinance to postpone the exam by a year so that the students have enough time to prepare.
The Supreme Court had earlier ruled that the students will have to appear for NEET starting this academic session to seek admission to any medical or dental colleges in the country.