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Way2k 26 Sep 2012
CET Controversy

As the deadline for the single Common Entrance Test for medical and dental courses draws near, the Directorate of Medical Education and Research is being flooded with complaints from around 1.5 lakh aspirants who will have to study two distinctly different syllabi in a short period. This is because the single CET is designed on the syllabus of the Central Board of Secondary Education, but a majority of students in Maharashtra come under the State Board.

CET Controversy

Of the 1.5 lakh students, at least 20,000 appear from Mumbai, and DMER has received complaints from parents and even teachers, besides the students themselves.
State Medical Education Minister Vijaykumar Gavit recently met these students and their parents and assured them that the State Government will challenge the Supreme Courts nod for the single CET. The decision applies to undergraduate, post-graduate and super-specialty courses scheduled to be implemented from May 2012.

SC had also announced that CBSE would be responsible for designing the test which will be called National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). We have requested the State Government for permission to approach SC with our views as many students are worried about implementation of the single CET, said Dr. Pravin Shingare, joint director, DMER. The authorities, including the medical education minister, have met the students and assured them of action, he added. DMER had already written to the Central Government, but received a reply saying that the SC ruling had to be followed.

The students are also worried as there is a vast difference between the State syllabus and that of the Central Board. Besides, if for example a student from Maharashtra gets admission in a southern state or vice versa, there are bound to be problems like language, understanding of the area, etc. These issues also need to be looked at before actually implementing the single CET, said Dr Shailesh Mohite, head of forensic department, Nair Hospital.

However, many experts believe that the single CET will change the medical education system for good. Precious time and money of students and their parents will be saved as they will not have to appear for several entrance exams. Also, all the deemed and private universities will come under one umbrella for admissions, thus bringing in more transparency in the admission process, said a senior professor from the JJ Hospital.

The Students:

Around 1.5 lakh students appear for CET for medical and dental courses from the state.

What is Neet:

National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test is a single eligibility-cum-entrance test for MBBS, postgraduate and super-specialty courses. Instead of appearing for various entrance exams of the State and other private universities, medical students across India will have to appear only for NEET.

Courtesy: Times of India


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