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Kumaraswamy says JD(S) will ‘sing death song for NEET’ if voted to power in 2023

Prime News, National, Karnataka, Education, Medical Science, Bengaluru, March 4:- Former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Thursday (March 3) said if Janata Dal (Secular) is voted to power in 2023 Karnataka Assembly elections, his government will pass a resolution in the State Legislature against the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) and sing a ‘death song’ marking the end of the national medical exam.

“We oppose NEET. It is a trap to suffocate students and fill somebody else’s coffers. We will end it. Is it being treacherous to question NEET?, Kumaraswamy said.

The death of 21-year-old Naveen Shekarappa Gyanagoudar, the Karnataka student who was pursuing medicine in Ukraine and died in shelling in Kharkiv, has brought the focus back on the debate over NEET. Naveen’s father Shekarappa had said that under the present system, his son could not get a medical seat in the State and had to go to Ukraine to study medicine, where the cost is affordable.

In a series of tweets, the former Karnataka Chief Minister lashed out at the Union government and called the national medical exam a ‘trap to suffocate students.’ He also lashed out at Karnataka Higher Education Minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan for the latter’s remark that those who are opposing NEET are ‘hungry for money.’

“I am not running either a medical college or an engineering college. I don’t even run a small-scale industry. I don’t have anything other than Bidadi farmland. One of the Union Ministers has insulted the students who went abroad to study MBBS by stating that they have gone there as they could not crack the entrance test here. Now, the state Higher Education Minister has gone one step ahead and labelled them as traitors and showed his true colours,” he said. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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