NEET still haunts the students: Another aspirant commits suicide in TN! CM EPS offers solatium

The handicapped implementation of the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) in the country has become an ordeal for the students and still been haunting the aspirants as the sudden nationwide exam amid the diversified educational system had pushed the students to encounter the huge challenge in clearing the barrier for pursuing medical studies. 

The challenges had in turn become a stress for some of the students in chasing their dreams as some had committed suicides owing to the pressure and stress for clearing the NEET exams. Three years ago, Anitha, the aspirant from Ariyalur, Tamil Nadu had committed suicide after she failed in the NEET exams. Anitha would have been the first generation doctor in her family, if she would have alive now. While it had erupted strong voices against the national entrance exam in the state, the 17-year-old from the same district had now committed suicide due to the exam stress while preparing for the NEET exams. 

According to the reports, 17-year-old Vignesh had attempted NEET twice earlier. He had got a seat in agricultural sciences and he was preparing for this year's NEET with the hope of getting a seat in the medical college. However, he was under deep stress, and on Wednesday - September 9, he jumped into a well in his neighborhood and committed suicide. He has died hours after the Supreme Court rejected all the petitions that sought to defer the NEET examination, which has been scheduled on September 13. 

The death of Vignesh had stirred outrage from the state demanding to cancel the exam by citing that the national entrance exam is unfair towards students coming from rural areas and from working-class families. 

On Thursday, the relatives and family members of the deceased aspirant had protested outside the hospital in Ariyalur and said that they won't take the body until the national exam gets repealed. The relatives have also demanded the government to provide the family Rs 50 lakh as compensation and a government job for a family member. 

The rest of the villagers and the opposition parties had joined the family members in their protests. The reports say that Vignesh had scored 1,006 marks in Class 12 and was preparing for NEET. On Thursday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami has announced Rs 7 lakh as compensation to the family of the deceased student and he also stated that a family member will be provided with a government or a government-related job based on their qualification. 

In his statement, the Chief Minister has expressed his condolences to the grieving family and stated that the state government would take care of students' wellbeing at all times and added that such extreme steps by students had anguished him a lot. By citing that the government is always committed to their welfare, the Chief Minister has appealed to parents to understand the aspirations of their children and offer appropriate guidance to prevent the mindsets of suicides. 

The reports further stated that police have been investigating the death and no suicide notes were recovered. The death had paced up the voices against the NEET. Tamil Nadu Opposition party DMK has strongly attacked the Center on when it would revoke the NEET exams. DMK's Youth wing Secretary Udhayanidhi Stalin had met the family members of Vignesh on Thursday and provided Rs 5 lakh compensation to the family. 

Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), which observes an alliance with the state ruling party, had pressed its stand on repealing the national entrance exam. The party has announced Rs 10 lakh to the family of Vignesh. Earlier this month, a 17-year-old NEET aspirant from Pudukottai district, Tamil Nadu had committed suicide after being unable to receive the admit card for the national entrance exam.