From the academic session 2017 onwards, National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for medical institutes will be held in regional languages, as per the assurance given by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development. The decision will be officially declared by the ministry within a week, most probably after the upcoming annual meeting of CABE to be held on October 25, 2016.
In May 2016, the Supreme Court announced that it will consider Centre’s plea seeking permission to hold the entrance examination for MBBS and BDS for the academic year 2016-17 in six vernacular languages which included Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Assamese, Bengali and Gujarati.
As per the Supreme Court’s verdict, NEET was made mandatory for all states. The same was opposed by several states citing that the decision to conduct NEET in English only would not be favourable to rural students. Earlier on April 28, 2016 the Supreme Court cleared the path for holding of NEET in two phases for the academic year 2016-17.
This news has been un-officially announced by Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama during a programme organised in Gandhinagar for the release of a question bank prepared by the Gujarat State School Textbook Board (GSSTB) for science stream — including chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics.
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The question bank for students was made after the Supreme Court’s decision on verdict on NEET, making it mandatory for all states. This is for the first time that such an exhaustive supplementary material is prepared for students appearing for competitive exams, like JEE/NEET/GUJCET/AIPMT/AIIMS. The 47-years old GSSTB has plans to translate the question bank into English soon. However, the Gujarat government had sought a month’s time to revert with the state’s inputs on this decision. A special meeting was also called by the minister in Gandhinagar of all District Education Officers (DEOs) and District Primary Education Officers (DPEOs) after the question bank release function on Thursday.
The issue to conduct NEET was raised during the meeting held on Wednesday with HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar. During the meeting it was assured, that the students’ concerns will be at the centrepoint of any decision taken on the national common entrance examination. There is highest possibility that this exam will be conducted in Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Assamese, Bengali and Gujarati from next year.
On the other hand, NEET-PG application process has begun. The Directorate of Health Services (DHS) has brought the College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPS) also under the purview of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). The CPS students will now have to clear the NEET-post graduate (PG) examination for taking the PG diploma course. The last date for making the applications for the entrance exam is October 31, 2016. The NEET-PG is scheduled to be conducted in December.
Former state president of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) Dr Sagar Mundada, who had been fighting to bring all post graduate students under the single banner of NEET, has welcomed the decision of the state government