Medical Council of India (MCI) has earlier called for national level common medical entrance tests at undergraduate & postgraduate level. So far officially nothing has been announced, news agencies report contradicting news about the possibility of NEET UG. Key challenges ahead of MCI are language issue and syllabus, earlier MCI had made it clear that ‘NEET will be held only in Hindi & English‘ this statement from MCI official created chaos among states which have regional language as medium of instruction in higher secondary education level.
Andhra Pradesh was probably the first state which readily welcomed MCI’s proposal of holding a common medical entrance test, it seems like the state’s officials are now in dilemma on whether to wipe off EAMCET and State Pre Medical Entrance Test to accommodate newly proposed NEET. The state has a tough choice between going against it’s state’s local medium states (Telugu) or agreeing for MCI. However higher education council official said ‘AP is unlikely to adopt NEET if the test is conducted only in Hindi & English’ according to source. As per expectations close to 40,000 students might appear for the State’s entrance test EAMCET in regional language Telugu, the fate of these students will be in gamble if they were to ask to take the test in English or Hindi.
Another source reports that, Madhya Pradesh will be implementing NEET which was tentatively scheduled on May 13 2011, waiving off the states premedical entrance test MP will be accepting NEET from 2012. As per the information provided by the source, NEET UG is likely to happen in 2012 and NEET PG will be held in 2013. MCI made statements with media in the last week of September about the date when they are likely to announce official decision on NEET, they haven’t kept up the word.
So it is possible that what ever MCI has been disclosing to media might not count on it’s official stand. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Gujarat and few more states doesn’t want to have NEET. Few states have issues with syllabus and few states have concerns with language.
If MCI wants to do away with regional language in NEET then why is it that they are allowing Hindi language? Why not just in English, down the south say in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Kerala doesn’t speak or use Hindi on a daily basis. It is very unlikely that these states use Hindi at all, although Hindi is our National Language people down the state are more comfortable with their states own regional language.
NEET UG: NEET UG is likely to be held on May 13, 2011 as per MCI’s previous version, please refer our previous post to know about the format. There will be no negative marking, even Dental College admissions will be made based on NEET score. AIIMS Test and JIPMER will still be in force they are exempted from NEET, MCI had made it clear that NEET will be held only in English & Hindi hence it is unclear which states will be accepting NEET.
NEET PG: MCI is troubling itself by going for such a bold decision in a less span of time, probably NEET PG will not happen in 2012.
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