Members of TMC and AIADMK in the Rajya Sabha expressed grave concern over the issue of different questions papers being given to students attempting the common medical entrance examination in regional languages in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu.
Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, Derek O’Brien (TMC) said, the English question paper for medical entrance examination, NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) used to be translated into regional languages till 2013.
But this year, those attempting NEET in Bengali or Tamil got question papers that were entirely different, O’Brien explained. He also added that 40,000 of the 56,000 students who wrote the exam in Bengali or Tamil got “disastrous” results.
“NEET exam is not a West Bengal issue. It is a federal issue,” he said.
He was joined by AIADMK members who demanded that NEET be scrapped in Tamil Nadu.
A Navaneethakrishnan (AIADMK) said a uniform NEET syllabus should be first introduced.
Both TMC and AIADMK members wanted the government to respond, but when no word came from the treasury benches, they rushed into the Well of the House raising anti-NEET slogans.
It is only then Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda said the government was examining the issue.
“We are looking into the matter,” Nadda said.
Satisfied with Nadda’s response, protesting members returned to their places and the House resumed its proceedings.