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Educationists in Pune and Kolhapur have expressed concern over the difficulty that students from Maharashtra could face in the 2012 admission test for MBBS course in case the national eligibility-cum-entrance test (NEET) is introduced nationwide by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).
The reason: mismatch in the syllabus followed by the NCERT and the Maharashtra state board of secondary and higher secondary education (MSBSHSE). The Medical Council of India (MCI) has announced that it would hold NEET from 2012 for aspiring medical students for admissions to different government and private medical colleges across the country.
As per the earlier plan, NEET was to be introduced in 2013 and the state education board altered the syllabus for mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology for standard XI this year to prepare the students for the 2013 exam. The syllabus for standard XII was to be altered next year in preparation for the 2013 exam. However, the MCI, in a recent submission to the Supreme Court in a case relating to the common entrance test, said that it will introduce NEET from 2012. Taking a serious view of this change, the Pune-based District Entrance Examination Performance Enhancement and Research (Deeper) has written to Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan demanding his intervention on the issue to safeguard the interests of students. Deeper is an educational NGO engaged in conducting mock tests of the state entrance examination, MH-CET, for engineering and medical courses. The NGO's founder-secretary, Harish Butle, told the NEET syllabus is nearly 45% different from what the standard XII science students of the state board follow. It would be extremely difficult for them to do well in NEET. Founder of Rays Academy (powered by Career Forum), Abhra Pratip Ray, said students of certain states like Maharashtra will face a lot of problems.
"The basic reason for this is that there is a vast difference in the syllabus," he said. In Kolhapur, the principal of Vivekanand College, H.B. Patil said, "The new syllabus for NEET will affect the students preparing for the examination, as the syllabus of the MSBSHSE is vastly different. I wonder how standard XII students of the state board can prepare for NEET in a short time if the new system is introduced next year."
Courtesy: DNA India
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