Says opening up for outside students will put JK students to greater disadvantage 

Srinagar, 30 September: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Thursday cautioned the JK Government against participating in All India Quota for admission to PG courses and proposed 50 percent (MD/MS/Diploma/PG DNB) in AIQ under NEET, saying the measure will expose JK students to a greater disadvantage as compared to their counterparts from other States because of being socially and educationally backward.

In a joint statement Party Members of Parliament Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Muhammad Akbar Lone and Hassnain Masoodi   taking note of the perceived  hardship to the JK students  due to the pooling of 15% of its MBBS seats in AIQ (All India Quota) and  50% seat sharing for PG Medical courses after NEET.  The MPs noted with great concern that the decisions to participate in the AIQ will impact aspirants in JK more gravely as compared to its consequences for other States. “The proposition exposes JK aspirants to greater disadvantage as compared to their counterparts from other States. J&K is socially and educationally backward. A large number of students do not have access to schools equipped with modern tools of education. This apart, more than 90 percent of the students pass Higher Secondary Examinations through State Board of School Education. There are only a few thousand students who pass the eligibility examination through CBSE. NEET, as stated, is CBSE syllabus based and the bulk of aspirants from the State therefore do not stand a chance to get selected for MBBS and BDS graduate and post graduate courses,” the MPs stated.

 The MPs underscored that a more serious reason to oppose NEET is on account of it being incongruous with JK constitution, as the decisions of the August 5, 2019 are still impending required constitutional validation from the constitutional bench. “Any such decision will undermine the constitutional propriety and anticipate the outcome of the final verdict of the constitutional bench,” they added.

 The MPs held that the importance of J&K People as a stakeholder in taking such decisions through popularly elected governments cannot be undermined or replaced by an un-elected incumbent administration at the helm of affairs in JK.  “Earlier J&K has been retaining all its seats for local students and opting out of AIQ. But the incumbent un-elected administration has chosen to open up the for the students from outside. This we believe will further choke the already scant avenues for JK youth. It will prove detrimental to the interests of our youth and jeopardize their future. The decision will also have a cascading effect in terms of depleting employment avenues of our educated and skilled youth in JK and furthermore lead to brain drain.  Opting for AIQ, it goes without saying, will escalate the brimming alienation in JK youth, who are already facing onslaught on their job avenues,’ they rued.

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