Afraid of failing 3rd NEET attempt, TN MBBS aspirant ends life
Coimbatore: Apprehensive over the outcome of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), a 20-year old MBBS aspirant allegedly committed suicide by consuming pesticide on Friday in the district.This is the fifth NEET-related death in the state this year. Around the time the exam was held on September 12, three aspirants took their lives within five days.PTI reports that the...
Coimbatore: Apprehensive over the outcome of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), a 20-year old MBBS aspirant allegedly committed suicide by consuming pesticide on Friday in the district.
This is the fifth NEET-related death in the state this year. Around the time the exam was held on September 12, three aspirants took their lives within five days.
PTI reports that the medical aspirant from Sangarayapuram had appeared for the entrance exam held in September for the third time, results of which are expected in a couple of days.
According to police, the youth had taken up the test in 2019 and 2020, but could not clear. So he tried his luck for the third time this year.
After completing his schooling two years ago, he took the NEET in 2019 and scored 128. However, as he wanted to secure a seat in the AIIMS, he aimed to score high and took the test again in 2020. Though he scored 250 in that attempt, the cutoff mark for entry into AIIMS was higher at that time. He again gave the test a try in 2021 and hoped to get sufficient score enough to make it to AIIMS, the police told The New Indian Express.
However, with National Testing Agency (NTA) publishing the answer key, the youth was said to be upset and told his parents that he may not be able to clear the test this year also, they said.
Despite the advise from his parents to wait for the results, the medical aspirant allegedly consumed pesticides on Friday afternoon and was admitted to Pollachi Government hospital. The doctors attending to the youth referred him to the Government hospital here, where he died at night, they added.
The News Minute reports that the state Assembly adopted a bill to override NEET, in the backdrop of alleged suicides of many medical aspirants who had either failed to crack the exam or had appeared for it, after the A K Rajan committee had submitted its report.
The Justice A K Rajan committee said the qualifying exam will take the state back to pre-independence days and wanted the government to eliminate it at all levels by following the required legal and /or legislative procedures. Elimination of NEET "will ensure social justice and protect all vulnerable student communities from being discriminated in admission to medical education programmes," the panel said.
The scores obtained by the students in the Higher Secondary examination shall become the sole criteria for admission to the first degree medical programmes. To ensure equality in opportunity to students from different boards of education, normalisation of scores may be followed, it said.'