As soon as two students knocked on judiciary's doors against the new medical entrance test, coaching centres across the city were abuzz with rumors on the fate of the exam scheduled for 2013. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is the central government conducted exam which will replace all other common entrance tests. The petitioners have pleaded before the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court that the state board syllabus is still not at par, thus putting them at a disadvantage.
While the court has given time to the respondents till December 13 to file a reply, students preparing for the crucial exam are in a quandary. Sameer Phale, lecturer at Ambedkar College (Deekshabhoomi), said, "In 2011, similar thing happened and students were a worried lot. Suspense over whether NEET will be conducted in 2012 prevailed almost till the last moment. This year, we had been preparing ourselves assuming that the NEET will be held in 2013, but with the matter now in the court, we will have to wait and watch."
Talking to TOI over the phone, the directorate of medical education and research chief Pravin Shinghare said there are no changes yet. "I am not aware of the development in Nagpur court. Hence, as of now I have to say that NEET shall be held in 2013. But, ultimately, we will follow whatever the court orders us to do," he said.
Chandrakant Satija, who heads the Nagpur branch of a national coaching centre, said, "I don't understand why people go to courts at the last moment? Since last year we are aware that NEET is going to be conducted in 2013. The Supreme Court has cleared it and then the state government approved it. Hence going to courts at the last hour is just putting parents and students in a fix."
A division bench comprising justices Bhushan Gavai and Sunil Deshmukh issued notices to the respondents, including Medical Council of India (MCI), State Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) and state secretary for Department of Medical Education and Drugs. They were asked to file a reply before December 13, which was fixed as next date of hearing. "Prima facie we find that the policy of holding NEET can't be flouted. However, prior to doing that we are of the view that it will be necessary that the syllabus for entire country is common and the students should be put on same level before they appeared in the test," the judges observed.
Source: Times of India
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