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
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
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