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The Maharashtra government has yet to take a policy stance on the Medical Council of India's (MCI) proposal to introduce a National Eligibility and Entrance Exam (NEET) for MBBS admissions from 2012-13.
A meeting of different stakeholders, including students and parents representatives and legislators, has been called by the minister for medical education, Vijaykumar Gavit, to finalise the policy decision, officiating Director of Medical Education and Research (DMER) Pravin Shingare told TOI on Friday (5th August) We expect a policy decision soon, he said. The government’s approach will be for safeguarding the interests of students, he added. The government's stance is crucial considering that MCIs proposal, which has yet to take final shape, has triggered considerable worry among existing Std. XII students about the syllabus prepared by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for NEET. The prime concern relates to a perceived gap between the existing Std. XII syllabus in Maharashtra and the one proposed for NEET. The Maharashtra Health and Technology Common Entrance Test (MHTCET), which is the existing combined entrance exam for health sciences, engineering and pharmacy degree courses in the state, will also go if NEET is introduced from 2012. Coaching class operators, who find themselves flooded with queries by students about the entrance exam, have expressed the view that medical course aspirants from Maharashtra will be at a great disadvantage if the proposed test becomes a reality from year 2012. The MCI, which informed the Supreme Court on July 25 that it proposed to introduce NEET from 2012-13 (thus triggering concern among coaching class operators and students), appears in no undue hurry to push its decision through. "We have the Supreme Courts all-important go-ahead for the proposed test but we want to take a more democratic approach to introduce the same. We are open to ideas and suggestions from different quarters across the country before a final decision is announced, “said Rajeev Yeravdekar, member of MCIs board of governors. He said, The MCI has posted the proposed syllabus on its official website and has invited online feedback and suggestions relating to it. The feedback can be mailed to: email@example.com by August 11. Yeravdekar said, Issues about the proposed entrance test, raised in Maharashtra, cannot be seen in isolation. The MCI has to take a comprehensive view of all the feedback and it has already got a lot of response so far. Several states like Gujarat, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu have their own set of problems relating to the test. The MCI will soon make its final position clear once the ongoing process of feedback collection is completed, Yeravdekar said.A task force of the council will work on the suggestions and finalise a report on the proposed entrance test, which will be forwarded to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare soon, he added.
Courtesy: Times of India
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