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State government has written to the Medical Council of India (MCI) that it will join National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) if its three conditions are fulfilled. The state, however, has decided not to join NEET, a common medical test to be held by MCI for admission in colleges all over India, in 2012.
The state has forwarded the three conditions which are NEET should be offered in Gujarati language along with Hindi and English, the state will not part with 85 per cent seats reserved for local students, and the MCI should bridge the difference between NEET syllabus and that of Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) so that the local students are not at a disadvantage. Health department officials said that the five-member expert committee formed to advise it on the issue of NEET too had recommended that Gujarat should join NEET only if the exam is offered in Gujarati language. Moreover, the committee had also said that there was a big per cent of NEET syllabus which was not common with the GSHSEB syllabus and the same should be bridged for the benefit of students from Gujarat. Officials said that the government has made it clear that it will not open medical college seats to students from other states even if the local students fail to clear NEET in desired numbers. This condition has been put to safeguard interest of local students. Officials said that Gujarat will join NEET only if these conditions are accepted by the state government. Health minister Jaynarayan Vyas said that the state will take a decision which protects the interest of students of Gujarat.
Courtesy: Times of India
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