WHY DOES NEET MATTER?

Recently conducted NEET examination is in news due to fraudulent activities like forgery/Solver gang or Paper solver racket. C.B.I is investigating the case and as the investigation progresses, more shocking revelations are coming.

Around 16.1 Lakh aspirants registered for NEET UG 2021 for 1,63,347 seats including M.B.B.S, B.D.S, AYUSH, and BVSC seats. NEET UG 2021 was conducted in thirteen languages and occupies a leading route for those who want to pursue their career in the field of Medicine.

Cut-throat competition (success rate is 10.1%) compels students to opt for costly coaching, an alienated atmosphere, pressure from parents, and whatnot. As India is a middle-income country, opting for medicine or engineering is still considered a respectful and rewarding profession. So, aspirants toil hard to get into top medical or engineering colleges in the country.

India’s staggering inequality in the socio-economic-cultural sphere is already putting hurdles in the path of those who are disadvantaged or marginalized. Somehow, facing all the difficulties one aspires to be a doctor to fulfill his/her dream of serving his/her family and society.

But when things like these happen, it erodes the trust of the public in the system apart from jeopardizing the very foundation of the education system of the country. Let’s see how it can seriously damage the educational ecosystem of the country –

Short term –

1. Students will be penalized for NTA’s fault in examining in terms of loss of their time which could have otherwise been spent on productive activities.

2. Probable protest from the student community disturbing the law & order situation.

3. Mental stress, anxiety, Insecurity about their future.

Long term –

1. Belief of the public will erode in the authorities.

2. Those who are well off will consider other options abroad, depriving our society of their valuable services.

3. Those who need public education for their advancement will be left behind. It will further increase socio-economic inequalities.

Therefore, those who engage in this mischief should be punished and preventive measures should be taken to avoid such a crisis in the future.

What are your thoughts about the examination ecosystem in the country?

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Adesh Kumar Mishra

Adesh Kumar Mishra

Engineer by degree, a Teacher by profession