Several Indian community organisations in the US have called the "National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Under Graduate courses" (NEET - UG) discriminatory to non-resident Indian (NRI) students and have sought its gradual implementation over two years. With the approval of the Central Government of India, the Medical Council of India (MCI) had made provision for a single eligibility cum entrance examination, namely, NEET for admission to MBBS course in each academic year. Similarly, the Dental Council of India (DCI) had also notified that admission to BDS courses in each academic year shall be through National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET). Accordingly, the CBSE will conduct NEET for admission to MBBS and BDS Courses in the academic session 2013-14 on Sunday, 5th May 2013.
But NEET will hinder the NRI students applying for medical and dental college admission in India as there are no NEET test centres in the US, Europe and other countries with a large NRI population, said the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) in a media release. About 2,000 NRI students apply to MBBS and BDS admissions in India every year.
Other community organisations including the Global Indian Diaspora Foundation, Federation of Kerala Association of North America (FOKANA) and Federation of Malayalee Association of America (FOMA) have also written to the central and state authorities in this regard.
The GOPIO has asked the authorities to maintain status quo on admission of NRI students to medical and dental colleges for two years, otherwise most NRI students would not be able to appear for NEET 2013.
For the last 20 years, Indian medical colleges have been giving admission to NRI students based on NRI quota on the basis of equivalent certificate from the education section of the Indian missions and the Association of Indian Universities, GOPIO said.
Since the MCI announcement of the new national entrance test was made only in January 2013, there is not enough time to prepare for the test for NRI students in the current academic year as no clear examination guidelines are available yet, GOPIO said.
NRI students from the US, South America, Canada, Australia, Africa and Europe would find it difficult to take NEET unlike students in the Middle East who have NEET examination centres available in Saudi Arabia (Riyadh) and Dubai
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