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New Delhi [India], September 22 (ANI): Puthiya Tamilagam Party President Krishnasamy on Friday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to withdraw the decision of the Centre announcing the eligibility for the seats still vacant this year to be zero percentile.

In his letter to PM Modi, Krishnasamy said that the entire medical fraternity is highly disappointed with this order.

"The decision to reduce the qualifying percentile for Post Graduate courses for 2023 to "Zero" across all categories will certainly be detrimental to the implementation of quality Medical Education in the country; during the scenario where the Government is having a phenomenal plan for the Year "2047" in producing quality and efficient wok forces. The entire Medical fraternity is highly disappointed with this order," he said.

He further said that the Health and Family Welfare department has not cited any vital reason for this'sudden and backward' decision.

There is already a great deal of hue and cry against the NEET examination, especially in the State of Tamil Nadu and a few other Southern states insisting on scrapping the NEET exam as a whole, he added.

He further said that if the decision is not withdrawn, it will send wrong messages about the admission procedure to PG programs and the transparency of the NEET exam as a whole among all the stakeholders including young medical graduates, parents and the general public.

"Further, this move of the Ministry will create a platform to go about with anti-NEET propaganda; which shall further deteriorate the noble vision with which NEET was conceived. This is also a very crucial time when the country is going to face the Parliament elections in 2024," he said.

He also said that for various reasons, the candidates who could not secure seats in government colleges are not in a position to get admitted to self-financing private colleges because of exorbitant fee structures ranging between 30- 50 lakhs per year.

"Hence, these seats which remain vacant in the first and second round have to be filled in the third round," he said, adding that this will eventually create parity among government and self-financing medical colleges in the context of admitting the students on "Merit" basis for government colleges and "Not on Merit" basis for self-finance colleges.

He also said that this will send the wrong signal across the country that the government favors the promotion of Self-financing medical colleges at par with government institutions by way of compromising the quality to"Zero".

He further said that the decision is against the law of natural justice and hence the mission of the NEET exam will squarely be defeated.

"I humbly request the Hon'ble Prime Minister Ji to intervene in this matter at the earliest and consider reducing the number of seats or fixing the fee below ten lakh in the Self-financing private institutions, instead of the current reduction in the eligibility criteria to "Zero". This moveof "Zero" eligibility criteria will certainly be detrimental to the country's progress and the Hon'ble Prime Minister's dream of "Vision 2047", Krishnasamy said.

In a surprising announcement earlier this week, the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC), responsible for allotting the post-graduation seats for medical education through NEET-PG exam, said the eligibility for the seats still vacant this year will be zero percentile.

This is the first time that the eligibility cut-off has been completely done away with since the examination replaced all other medical entrance tests in 2017. Over 13,000 PG seats in medical colleges across the country remain vacant at present even after two rounds of counselling. (ANI)

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