The Medical Council of India (MCI) has conducted NEET-PG for postgraduate medical admissions for the academic year 2013-2014, prior to the test MCI has made NEET-PG mandatory for all states and all medical colleges including private medical colleges and universities. Challenging the MCI’s move several private medical colleges have approached the apex court, on Thursday Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the private medical colleges.
Private medical colleges and State Governments can conduct their own medical entrance exam for postgraduate medical courses. The apex court has taken it’s stance after observing that few medical colleges have already conducted the medical entrance exam. NEET-PG was concluded last month which was an online exam. It was the first such medical entrance exam conducted by MCI, National Board of Examination (NBE) has been the responsible body for conducting NEET-PG. NBE has taken technical support from Prometric, the test reported no technical glitches.
Based on the verdict given by the apex court on validity of NEET-PG, the question thus arises is whether NEET-UG will also see similar such problems. Post the test will other medical colleges, universities and state governments conduct their own medical entrance exam? The core idea behind the national level test barring all other medical entrance exams is to lessen the burden on the students, students have to fill up several entrance exam forms and pay application form fees for all tests. One test on other side reduces the financial burden, however the timing of the test is questionable.
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