Former transport minister and DMK's Trichy strongman K. N. Nehru stirred a controversy when he claimed that if DMK were to be in power, students would be allowed to copy in the NEET examination. While speaking at an event organised to protest and seek the President’s assent over Tamil Nadu Bill seeking an exemption for the State from the NEET exam.
"If I were not able to get exemption from Neet for Tamil Nadu students, as ministers we would have allowed students to copy in the examination. We would have done that for sure," Nehru told those protesting.
He further added,
“Students copy in Bihar and they copy in Madhya Pradesh. Copying is being allowed in these states. Why? For how long will Tamilians remain honest?” One can assume that he was referring to examination scam which unfolded in Bihar where certain students made it to the top in the ranking list.
His comment comes in the backdrop of students in Tamil Nadu protesting against the entrance examination which they believe places students from the state board at a disadvantage.
Last year, a 17-year-old student who had scored excellent marks in her class 12 exam but failed to get admission to a medical college had killed herself. Anitha had scored an impressive 1,176 out of 1,200 marks in class XII board examinations. In NEET, she did not fair well and missed out on getting a medical seat. Although she could not get admission to MBBS, she had the high score to secure the admission for several other courses, including engineering.