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You are Killing Me: An Open Letter to Tamil Nadu

This article is written by Harini Parthiban, a medical aspirant from the state of Tamil Nadu (TN)
A devastated TN NEET Aspirant talking to her state. No offense to any political parties. I'm just talking to my state which I thought have been protecting and caring me. Can I be any wrong?

  • You are trying your best to quash NEET saying your state students' MBBS dreams will be shattered. Ain't I belong to your state? I have been born, grown up, fed by you. Ain't my dream is being shattered by exempting TN from NEET?

  • When you have had 12th state board exams and admitted students solely based on the rote memorization and cut offs, you think your economically oppressed children have had fair chance to get admitted in MBBS? Oh, dear TN, you fail to acknowledge that you were just letting thousands of corporate and private schools to get the most benefit, unmindful of those rural students' pathetic situation. That's fair but bringing NEET in TN is unfair since those rural students can't afford them? Surely, you're joking TN.

  • Once if your students fail to get the whooping high medical cut-offs out of mugging up the whole syllabi in their 12th boards, their dream to become medico ends right there. But NEET gives them more chances than you had ever given'em. Don't we deserve more chances to make our dreams come true? You think NEET is still a malady for TN? You're killing me, TN.

  • 6 books, 40 lessons, 3 days and 3 descriptive papers (physics, chemistry, biology) which is every year following the same pattern and trend with not much questions to test what your students had understood rather testifying how much they could remember, helps you to find the best and deserving student for MBBS but one Nationalised paper with 180 logical objective questions testing their analytical, observing and memorization skills altogether with much of the questions based on concepts with non-repetitve-trends training the students for other big entrance exams also, is a curse to TN as you say. That's satirical, isn't it?

  • If even states who are lesser developed than You can accept NEET, why can't you? Do you think that your kids lag behind the other states' students? Are TN students so imbecile and study nothing other than their board books that they can't even face a Nationalised pre-college exams let alone UPSC and other on par exams? Exempting TN from NEET is equivalent to you accepting your own students as dorks and incompetent. Do you really think we are?

  • Have any of us told you that we don't want NEET? It's your responsibility to change the rules of the game that has been played on your ground before it's commencement. You can't change the rules once the game is over and just before the announcement of it's winners. Don't you know, TN? I'm sick of you.

  • Students who scored exceptionally well took medical seats via All India Quota (AIQ) and those who got less than the required scores were/are being protected by their own state's medical seats and policies.Where do TN NEET aspirants go? Pay the hefty fee that the private/deemed colleges prescribe? TN, you're failing on me. I can't afford it.

  • You listen to politicians and those with power. My voice and words amidst million other chaos will be forgotten. Everyday morning, I woke up hoping, today the MBBS merit list based on NEET will be released and these dramas will end only to return to my bed at night with empty hopes and shattered promise. I am proud of you for all these things that you are doing for me :)

  • Every other state has been on the verge of completing their first round of counselling and even our neighborhood state Puducherry who also has been following the same syllabi as we do, accepted NEET and released their state merit list based on it.Tomorrow those state's students would wake up to attend counselling. But I? Don't know, probably to be a mute spectator of your Great TN Tamasha and shrud inwardly for not getting those extra marks for AIQ. Everybody has their own limitations. I have had mine. So do you. So does this drama. Can't you stop all these Tamasha? Let me live?

  • TN, will you stop killing me?

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