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There was no uncertainty(संदेह/अनिश्चितता) over the medical admission process this year in Tamil Nadu. There were no attempts(प्रयास/चेष्टा) to get an exemption from the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). And, willy-nilly(बिना सोचे समझे), as many as 1.14 lakh aspirants took the examination that has been made mandatory by the Supreme Court as thesole(एकमात्र/व्यक्तिगत) admission window for medical colleges. Yet, the poor performance of students from Tamil Nadu in the entrance test has demonstrated that the State is still far from being ‘NEET-ready’. It is true that a well-intentioned(इरादे)beginning has been made to upgrade the syllabus and to make students more competitive(प्रतियोगी/प्रतिस्पर्धात्मक) . However, only 45,336 candidates, or 39.6% of those who took the test, qualified for admission. Along with Maharashtra, this is the lowest ratio in the country. What is important is that these candidates are merely eligible for admission, and far fewer students are actually likely to get admission. Further, the chances of many of the candidates in the lower percentiles gaining( प्राप्त करना)entry into a government medical college are quite low, and many of them may not be able to afford to pay for seats in private colleges. Proponents(समर्थक/प्रस्ताव करनेवाला/प्रेमी) of NEET may maintain that its objectives — ensuring uniformity in standards of medical education by admitting students on the basis of a common national test and eliminating capitation fee for medical courses in private institutions — are being successfully met. However, it is a moot question whether the commercialisation(व्यावसायीकरण) of education has been really eliminated(सफाया कर दिया,/निकाल देना) , and whether the admission policy is sufficiently inclusive for this large and diverse country.

Lavish advertisements, as well as interviews with toppers, make it quite obvious(ज़ाहिर/स्पष्ट) that those who can afford expensive coaching classes have a distinct(अलग/विशिष्ट) advantage in this system. Like many other competitive examinations, NEET has spawned(पैदा किया है,) a coaching industry, with some parts of the country proving to be ideal locales for academic sweatshops. Many of those in the top percentiles have attended long-term coaching classes as well as crash courses, paying exorbitant(अत्यधिक/बेशुमार) fees. There is anger in Tamil Nadu against this perceived (माना जाता है/अनुभव करना) socio-economic asymmetry built into the medical admission process that keeps medical courses out of bounds for disadvantaged(नुक़सान पहुंचाना/हानि पहुंचाना) sections. Such feelings intensified(तीव्र करना/घनीभूत होना) as a result of at least two young women committing suicide after they failed to clear NEET. One of them had enough marks in her higher secondary examination to gain admission to a medical college, if the State government had its own admission system. But overall, there is no escaping(बचना/सुरक्षित निकल जाना) the fact that the country is committed to having uniform standards in medical education, and that this can play a role in meeting the important objective of maintaining standards in health care. NEET is here to stay and State governments are now best-advised to upgrade academic standards and prepare their students better. This will help in seeing that India’s healthcare infrastructure(आधारिक संरचना/पूर्वावश्यकता) continues to get a steady inflow of medical manpower drawn from all sections of society.



Important Vocabulary

Synonyms: equivalent, metonym
Antonyms: antonym

2.Proponents(समर्थक/प्रस्ताव करनेवाला
Synonyms: advocate, backer, defender, enthusiast, exponent
Antonyms: antagonist, detractor, enemy, opponent, opposition

3.intensified(तीव्र करना/घनीभूत होना
Synonyms: add to, aggravate, boost, build up, deepen, enhance
Antonyms: decrease, diminish, discourage, dull, halt

4.eliminated(सफाया कर दिया,/निकाल देना)
Synonyms: cancel, defeat, dispose of, disqualify, eradicate
Antonyms: , aid, allow, create, establish, help

5.spawned(पैदा किया है,)
Synonyms: create, generate, father, hatch, issue
Antonyms: destroy, kill, stop

Synonyms: inordinate, outrageous, pricey, steep, unconscionable
Antonyms: , good, mild, moderate, reasonable, sensible



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