So NEET: one entrance exam for all medical courses likely on cards

In order to bring uniformity in the medical examinations, National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) is to be treated as the only examination for acquiring a medical seat. Initially, a number of states were opposing to the idea of such entrance citing variations in their syllabi, thereby, making them inapplicable for this common entrance exam. Where the Supreme Court had submitted in a notification making NEET mandatory for admissions in 2010, it was declared nullified in 2013.

However, according to the court’s verdict, All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) would be treated as first round of NEET. The ones who could not apply for AIPMT, would be given a second chance as another round would be conducted on July 24 after which a combined result would be declared on August 17 so that the entire admission process gets completed by September 30 as that is what has been given as a deadline for medical admissions by the Supreme Court in its previous orders.

The court also rejected the petitions made by private institutions to exempt them from the common entrance test. Some private medical colleges from Karnataka and other states submitted a batch of review petitions whether it would be valid to conduct a common medical entrance which is already pending, therefore, the order on NEET must wait for a decision. The counsel entreated the court to make clear that the order to hold NEET would not influence the private colleges, which are parties in the review petitions, but the bench shot down the plea.

Around 6.5 lakhs students appeared for NEET-1 (AIPMT) and a much higher number of students will be appearing for NEET-2. What has been added to this demand is holding NEET for super specialty courses admissions as well. As it is a known fact, the further study for medical is quite expensive and go till a crore or two. An ENT specialist admitted to the dearth of social responsibility amongst the ones who acquire the seats as, he says, such people pursue private practice to recover their money and charge high. Amidst such approach, the unavailability of concern for others is quite clear.

The meritorious is the one who would be at advantage the most if NEET is followed even in higher level medical entrance exams. Not only there would be uniformity in the entrance levels but the fee structures too. With one exam for all, there would be transparency in the education system with the deserving getting most of the pros out of it.

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