Million dollar question hunting thousands of students and parents is about the ‘Common Medical Entrance Tests’ for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses proposed by the Medical Council of India (MCI). NEET PG has almost got ruled out, atleast till 2013; all eyes are now set on the “National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET UG)‘ which is under constant discussion between State higher education officials and MCI. Honestly a cause of worry for parents and students, as no one knows what is the final outcome.
Questions raised right from the day MCI announced about the common medical entrance test, MCI was taken to the supreme court the apex court has ruled in favor of the Medical Council of India, stating the court doesn’t want to involve in matters related to education as the court is not an expert in judging education matters. Following nod from the supreme court, MCI had published the syllabus draft for proposed NEET UG and publicly invited feedback for correction in syllabus; a total of 1970 feedbacks were received till midnight on the deadline (11th August 2011).
Two and half months passed the final version of syllabus is not yet announced; media and sources reported that NEET UG will be held on May 13, 2011 (not an official announcement). So MCI anytime could go back and reverse it’s decision as they haven’t announced it officially. NEET PG was officially announced and MCI website stated that it will be held in January or February 2012 but NEET PG was ruled out and sources reported it unofficially.
The biggest question in every one’s mind would be will MCI play a handy role in organizing NEET UG? What trust can anyone have on MCI & CBSE. Ex President of MCI Ketan Desai was mooted with corruption charges and CBI had arrested him on April 22, 2010; the main allegation was for accepting bribe to permit Patiala-based Gyan Sagar Medical College to recruit a fresh batch of students without having adequate infrastructure. Now MCI has a will to eradicate student burden and reduce stress among students by introducing a common medical entrance test (as a sudden surprise); which means MCI expects that students learn and work on new syllabus in the last 5 to 6 months and secure admission in Medical colleges of India.
The syllabus MCI proposed was prepared by NCERT which has given due weight to CBSE curriculum ignoring what each state board students are being taught. India is better known as a country with diversified population spanned across 28 states with each state having it’s own regional language; thousands of students study in regional languages. Typically these are students who come from lower middle class families who can’t afford education in private schools and colleges. MCI strikes on the inability of these poor students by asking them to take the test in English or Hindi. The question to be asked is how many government schools teach English? how many schools under the state government or purely English medium schools?
State governments are asking for vernacular languages and MCI was cornered again, unless chief ministers of each state sign on the proposal to accept NEET nothing is going to change and chief ministers will be more concerned towards it’s states students than obeying MCI.
Instead of fixing issues in the system, why do the central government plays with the students; unless and until there is a normalized syllabus across all boards how can all students be combined in one pool; said a medical college professor speaking to careermitra.com who identified himself as Dr. Ravi Babu from a private medical college in Andhra Pradesh.
Central board of Education (CBSE) the conducting body of the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) had failed last year in holding AIEEE as a peaceful test; paper leak in Lucknow, miscommunication and poor presence of mind resulted in anger of many students against the CBSE. Students and parents demanded a retest for AIEEE 2011 for all students which CBSE refused, now MCI has roped in CBSE to organize NEET UG after being rejected by AIIMS. So can CBSE do justification for both AIEEE & NEET UG which are nation wide entrance tests.
Private colleges are questioning the timing of NEET, an NGO firm has filed a PIL against MCI for proposing NEET. Andhra Pradesh has earlier agreed for NEET by ruling out EAMCET, reportedly AP is now asking for exception from NEET in 2012. So the state has two minds only to confuse students a bit more than earlier. Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Gujarat and few others were never ready for NEET UG it is still unclear as what MCI finally does. Will it opt out and sit quietly and maintain register of doctors or will it involve and face these challenges?
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