On Wednesday, the Medical students, house surgeons and government doctors staged a strong protest at the MGM Government Hospital opposing the Central government's Proposal to introduce the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), a nationwide Common Test for entry into Postgraduate Medical Courses.
Medical students from the KAP Viswanathan Government Medical College along with the members of the Tiruchi chapter of the Tamil Nadu Government Doctors Association (TNGDA) formed a human chain and raised slogans for around 20 minutes on Wednesday morning. While thanking the TN Chief Minister for supporting their stand, they felt the NEET, a Common test to be administered for all Government and Private medical colleges would do the students from the state a disservice.
Selvapandian, the President of Tiruchi chapter of the TNGDA said "If the NEET is introduced, 50% of the total postgraduate eats in all medical colleges in the State would come under the all-India quota, which may affect students here, limiting the number of students open to them."
The demonstration also called for striking down the introduction of B.Sc Community Medicine, a three and a half year course designed to make up for shortage of medical practitioners in rural areas. Dr.Selvepandian said "Creating a seperate cadre of professionals to serve in peripheral areas implies treating rural patients as second class citizens. Besides, three and a half year does not suffice to qualify them to practice any form of medicine".
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