Maha moves SC on NEET order, seeks relief for state students
The Maharashtra government on Tuesday filed a petition in the Supreme Court against its order on the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).
Maharashtra has sought relief on three grounds-exemption for students who have appeared for the May 5 MHT-CET, more clarity on having question papers in regional languages such as Marathi and Urdu, and to hold the exam with a common minimum syllabus, which will be comfortable for a majority of students from the state. The petition was filed a day after the SC nullified all entrance tests conducted by state governments and private colleges for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses.
Education minister Vinod Tawde, however, said, “Students are advised to continue with their preparation for the second phase of NEET.“ The Maharashtra government on Tuesday filed a petition in the Supreme Court over the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) order.
State education minister Vinod Tawde said the government was making arrangements to broadcast expert sessions on NEET preparations for state students.
Close to 3,500 students in the state appeared for MHTCET in Marathi and Urdu.
Pravin Shingare, director, Directorate of Medical Education and Research, said the state would make every attempt to seek relief.
“But students should forget about everything and focus on preparation as of now as the outcome is not in our hands,“ he said.
Meanwhile, the state government has come under fire from the opposition.
Radhekrishna Vikhe-Patil, leader of the opposition in the legislative assembly , demanded Tawde’s resignation, saying the state did not represent itself properly in the SC on the issue. “The incompetence of officials who represented the state government in the court has affected students,“ he said.
Students across the state are anguished by the court’s decision on NEET being made compulsory . “State candidates may not perform on par with CBSE students. Though the implementation of NEET is in the best interests of students, the short implementation window is not doing any good for us. Unification and standardization are two essential components of an entrance test, which may not be achieved if the test is conducted in a rush,“ Aalok Mehta, a student from Kandivli, said.Another student said with negative marking, several students who know the answers will also think twice before marking them for fear of losing marks. “It is unfair to students that they have to appear in an entirely new pattern and syllabus in less than two months,“ added the student.
Rajesh Jain from the Parents’ Association of Medical Students said, “NEET is a good move, but it would have been better to have it from next year. Since it’s already bro ught into force, the state should now ask the ministry of human resource development to set a question paper that would be comfortable for our studentstoo. If they cannot ensure this, they should step down from power.“