SC’s NEET order shocks medical aspirants in state
Lakhs of state students were left shocked on Monday after the Supreme Court verdict made the National-Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) the sole exam for admissions to MBBS and BDS colleges in the country . The common entrance test (CET) in all states, including Maharashtra’s MHT-CET for MBBS and BDS admissions, was scrapped by the verdict.
State education minister Vinod Tawde has requested the ministry of human resource development to keep the question paper for NEET Phase-II on the “easier side“ and has assured medical aspirants that the state will try and give them a “crash course“ over the next 40 days.Phase-II will be conducted in July; Phase-I was held on May 1.
Of the 4.1lakh students who took MHT-CET on May 5, 2.8 lakh were medical aspirants.MHT-CET will now be used for engineering and other health science courses, other than MBBS and BDS. With the implementation of NEET, separate merit lists will be drawn for each state and one Central merit list will be used to fill seats in the 15% all-India quota. Admissions to state and private colleges in Maharashtra will be conducted by the state’s CET cell using the state merit list from NEET. Deemed universities in Maharashtra will conduct their own admission process based on the NEET merit list from their own set of applicants.
Pravin Shingare, director, Directorate of Medical Education and Research, said MHTCET scores will be used for admissions to health science courses other than MBBS and BDS.“We will study the order and see if it’s possible to appeal further.As of now, students have to prepare for the NEET Phase-II.“
In a media interaction, edu cation minister Vinod Tawde said, “We will see if it is possible for us to hold some kind of coaching for NEET for medical aspirants in the state in the next 40 days,“ said Tawde. The state had sought implementation of NEET from 2018, he said.
“Most points against NEET were put forward to the SC. It is surprising that they were overruled,“ said Keyur Cholera, a coaching class teacher from Vile Parle, adding that it is impos sible for students to study the entire syllabus for classes XI and XII. “Students and parents plan to hold a signature campaign against the order,“ he added.Subhash Joshi from the Science Sangh Parivar said, “Now, coaching institutes will start crash courses for NEET.“ Manisha Gupta, a medical aspirant’s parent, said lakhs will face the added stress of preparing for NEET. Many parents and students took to social media to vent their frustration. “Two months of studies won’t match two years of preparation,“ said a parent.
amar ujala newspaper 10/05/2016 : http://epaper.amarujala.com/login.php