Following the foot prints of Gujarat and Tamilnadu; Andhra Pradesh too says NEET UG shouldn’t be imposed for it’s students till 2014. Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy had written to Union Health Minister Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad seeking special permission to exclude AP from National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG). (via) Following the announcement of the final syllabus made by the Medical Council of India (MCI) few states have come forward to oppose the test which has differences in-terms of the syllabus, language and states have also questioned the timing of the announcement.
When MCI announced the proposal it was Andhra Pradesh which welcomed the concept of common medical entrance test first. Little did the officials of AP know about the syllabus and the drama that is likely to get attached to a national level common medical entrance test.
Mr. Reddy had his clarification on why the State is backing up now, firstly higher education officials didn’t knew what the syllabus likely to be when it was announced a year ago. Now since the syllabus is revealed by MCI, officials had realized replacing the states own entrance test (EAMCET) will create chaos among the students. 30% extra syllabus had to be learned in few months before the exam while most students have started preparing for EAMCET.
As believed earlier one state shows the way others too follow the path, Tamilnadu seems to have quietly got permission to adopt their own selection process ignoring NEET. TN has state level reservations and hence they can’t modify state’s law in a nick of a moment, similarly AP too require modifications of law in the state if they are forced to adopt NEET. Andhra Pradesh has approached supreme court to challenge MCI’s proposal, earlier the state has said they want to have both EAMCET & NEET UG in 2012; now you tell us should AP be excluded from NEET?
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