NEET Issue: Dr Farooq Appeals SC to ‘Protect Interests of our Students’

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Dr Farooq Abdullah at Nihalpora Pattan on May 05, 2016
Dr Farooq inaugurated a new Masjid and Ziyarat Sharif at Ziyarat Hazrat Mohuiddin Khan Sahab Naqshbandi (RA) at Nihalpora Pattan on May 05, 2016. (KL Image courtesy: J&K NC Spokesperson)

National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah on Thursday said the extension of the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) to J&K would be detrimental to the interests of the students from the State and would put their future in peril.

Appealing Supreme Court to protect the interests and safeguard the future of the students from the State, Dr Farooq Abdullah said the State Government should treat this matter with utmost seriousness as any callousness would harm the dreams of our students who have been studying hard in preparation for their entrance examinations.

Dr Farooq Abdullah said the extension of NEET to the State would also rob the State’s female students of the fifty percent reservation that was put in place by a National Conference Government in the State’s medical colleges to boost women empowerment and education in the State.

“Our girls would have to compete on a national level for this reservation and the very purpose of reserving fifty percent seats in medical colleges for girls would be defeated. Apart from this, our students have spent the last two years preparing for their entrance examinations based on the State board syllabus and curriculum while as NEET is based on the CBSE curriculum. This has created anxiety in the minds of our students and the State Government has been reluctant to allay their fears and assuage their apprehensions and those of their parents,” Dr Farooq Abdullah said while addressing party workers and public in Pattan.

Inaugurating the new Masjid and Ziyarat Sharif at Ziyarat Hazrat Mohuiddin Khan Sahab Naqshbandi (RA) at Nihalpora Pattan, Dr Farooq Abdullah prayed for the State’s peace and prosperity and said the State Government should uphold its promises made to the people and ensure there is delivery of governance in every nook and corner of the State.

Dr Farooq Abdullah expressed disappointment at the induced misery because of the State Government’s insensitivity and apathy clearly demonstrated by the extension of NFSA to the State.

“Today our people are out on the streets to protest for their basic requirements of ration and this doesn’t auger well for peace and stability in the State. Developmental projects in the State have been put on the back-burner and people are suffering,” Dr Farooq Abdullah further said.

Dr Farooq Abdullah was accompanied by Sajadah Nisheen Peerzada Shajat Ali Naqshbandi, Dr Ali Mohammad Mattoo, Mohtarma Suraya Abdullah, family members of Dr Farooq Abdullah, former Chief Engineer Haji Sheikh Ghulam Rasool, Haji Ghulam Mustafa Shah and various senior citizens and prominent activists of the area, an NC statement said this afternoon.

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