National Eligibility cum entrance Test (NEET) has come at the right time for students of Jammu and Kashmir. Through the move is being resisted by separatists as well as mainstream political parties of the state but those who know how deep the regional fissures are having no option but to welcome the supreme court (SC) directive of allowing the state government to retain the power of deciding who would make it to the Medical Colleges of state while retaining the decision of making NEET the only entrance examination for MBBS & BDS courses.
No non-state subject would be selected. State subject’s laws and the reservation policy would be adhered to. There would be no deviation from the constitutional supremacy which J&K enjoys. Supreme Court heard J&K loud and clear but decided to do away with Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOFEE) holding the Common entrance Test (CET) for selection in MBBS and BDS. Those who are protesting need to understand the larger goal of bringing the two regions i.e. Jammu and Kashmir together by removing the disease of mistrust, for which BOPEE is also responsible.
Jammu region has for long protested and repeatedly blamed the Kashmir’s based political parties of playing with the future of the children of this region. They have repeatedly raised fingers at the MBBS and BDS selection lists of the BOPEE. What has made the matters worse is the fact that there are proven cases of BOPEE authorities taking money and selecting students, with majority of the beneficiaries being from Kashmir valley.
The involvement of BOPEE officials especially there from Kashmir valley gave ample fire power to the Jammu based political parties to lay stress on their belief that MBBS and BDS selection lists do not reflect the talent pool Jammu and Kashmir but are actually managed by Kashmiris due to their connections. NEET is going to put all these theories to rest. The entrance test is likely to throw up surprises with neither Kashmir nor Jammu blaming anyone for selections.
Those who would make it to the list would be one who worked hard and achieved this feat. All those who know the state well and understand the reasons for fissures between the two regions are going to welcome this decision of Supreme Court.