Merit makes a mark in NEET results -Basant Kumar Mohanty
Nearly 80 per cent of SC, ST and OBC students who cracked NEET cleared the cut-off meant for general-category students
The results of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test, declared on Wednesday, have shown that aspiring doctors from underprivileged social backgrounds are no less than general-category students when it comes to merit.
Nearly 80 per cent of students from among the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes who cracked the NEET 2019 for admission to undergraduate medical and dental courses cleared the cut-off meant for general-category students.
The National Testing Agency (NTA) declared the results. The 7.97 lakh candidates who have been declared qualified are eligible to seek admission in MBBS and BDS courses in medical colleges across the country.
Dalit, tribal and OBC students have often faced taunts and caste-based discrimination from their upper-caste peers and upper-caste teachers in higher education institutions.
Such taunts are alleged to have even driven a tribal doctor to kill herself last month. Dr Payal Tadvi, who was from the tribal Bhil community and came from Jalgaon in Maharashtra, had twice complained to authorities of a Mumbai hospital where she worked that three senior students were harassing her with caste taunts, her family members had said.
The common thread in such cases is that quota students deprive candidates from the general category. But Wednesday’s NEET results showed students from socially disadvantaged backgrounds were equal to their peers from the so-called forward castes.
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