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Goodbye NEET Welcome Back AIPMT 17-Oct-2013
New Delhi,Oct 17 The All India Medical Entrance Test that CBSE plans to conduct on 4 May, 2014 would be known as AIPMT even though the exam pattern, structure and syllabus for the exam will be the same as that of NEET UG 2013 (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test.)

NEET UG, that replaced AIPMT last year, was supposed to be a single entrance examination to get admission to almost all medical colleges in India, including private medical colleges. The main aim behind the introduction of NEET was to relieve the need of students to appear in multiple tests and promote merit in admission process. However, many states as well as colleges did not support the idea of replacing the AIPMT with NEET.

Hence this year, the CBSE released an official notification stating that it would now conduct AIPMT 2014. AIPMT will be conducted only for the 15% national quota in government medical/dental colleges all over India except for the states of Andhra Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.

(Read: CBSE to conduct Medical Entrance on 4 May, 2014)

NEET was supposed to have replaced many state level and institute level medical entrance exams. But AIPMT won't be replacing any such exams.

Azad writes to PM justifying NEET 8-Aug-2013
New Delhi,Aug 8 The Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has written to the Prime Minister justifying the need to retain the common entrance test i.e. NEET for admissions into MBBS, BDS and PG courses in all medical colleges, in the midst of a controversy over Supreme Court’s decision to scrap it.

The letter from Azad came after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh voicing objections against the Centre's decision to file a petition in Supreme Court seeking review of its judgment quashing the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).

Azad said that students seeking admission in graduate and postgraduate level medical courses and their parents had to suffer from mental, physical and financial hardships under the admission scheme followed till last year. Also, multiple entrance examinations conducted by various agencies have given rise to differential standards for admission to MBBS/PG courses compromising the merit component, he said.

Azad said that his Ministry has been working on creating a more robust environment for admissions to medical and dental courses across the country by introducing a single window entrance test and that it would be in the larger interest of society and of students aspiring to study medicine to have NEET. It has been made clear that no reservation policy followed by minority institutions or state governments would be affected by a NEET based admission process, he stressed.

With the support from the dissenting judgment of Justice A.R. Dave, Health Ministry has decided to file the review petition and has also sought the advice of the Department of Legal Affairs in the matter, the Minister said in his letter. In a majority verdict, the Supreme Court had scrapped NEET on July 18. In a dissenting judgment, Justice Dave had upheld the Medical Council of India's decision to conduct this common entrance exam saying that holding of NEET is "legal, practical and need of the society".

CEE to amend NEET rank list 15-Jun-2013
Thiruvananthapuram,Jun 15 The Commissioner for Entrance Examinations (CEE) will make amendments to the rank list of the National Entrance-Cum-Eligibility Test (NEET) before allotment to MBBS and BDS courses in the state to ensure that the list was in accordance with the prospectus published by it.

CEE B.S. Mavoji told Deccan Chronicle that the CBSE, which prepared the list, had given students the option to identify three states of their preference. Many students from Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have opted for the state.

However, the students who gave the state as a choice while applying for NEET UG 2013, would be eligible only if they satisfied the criteria for admissions to colleges as per the clause in the prospectus, he said. According to the prospectus, only Keralites and non-Keralite category-1 are eligible for admissions in the state.

According to this clause, a candidate of Kerala origin and children of all-India service officers allotted to the state are only considered as Keralites. A candidate who is not of ‘Kerala origin’ but who had undergone the qualifying course in the state and who is the son/daughter of employees of the central government, defence personnel posted in the state and employees, who are serving the state government, for a minimum period of two years are considered under non-Keralite category-I.

Source:Deccan Chronicle
Neet optional this year says Supreme Court 14-May-2013
Hyderabad,May 14 Giving some relief to students, at least for a year, the Supreme Court on Monday made the National-Eligibi-lity-cum-Entrance Test (Neet) optional for admission to under-graduate and post-graduate medical courses for 2013-14.

This clears the decks for admission to MBBS, dental and PG medical courses based on exams held by the state. The court will deliver its final verdict on Neet in the first week of July.

Source:Deccan Chronicle
No NEET centres in US Europe. NRIs cry discrimination 2-Apr-2013
Washington,Apr 2 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
250 extra classes needed to cover Neet syllabus 25-Dec-2012
Hyderabad,Dec 25 The National-EligibilityCum-Entrance Test for admission to MBBS and BDS courses will be a tough nut to crack for Andhra Pradesh students with junior colleges having to conduct more than 250 hours of additional classes just to be at par with Neet.

The expert committee appointed by the Board of Intermediate Education to study the implications of Neet on AP students has found that there are several topics in Neet that are not covered in the Inter syllabus.

The committee has come to a conclusion that the Inter syllabus for science subjects is no match for Neet, which is based on the NCERT syllabus. The outcome of this is that junior colleges will have to conduct over 250 additional classes from now to cover the Neet contents.

The committee found that there was a deficiency of 14 per cent in the physics syllabus, 35 per cent in botany, 36 per cent in zoology and 18 per cent in chemistry, when Inter was compared to Neet.

The Inter board has decided to conduct training programmes for lecturers in junior colleges from this month-end to apprise them of the variation in syllabus and the topics they need to cover to prepare students for Neet.

It has already sent circulars to principals to send their science teachers for orientation programmes.

Source: Deccan Chronicle
NEET forms create confusion among students 8-Dec-2012
Hyderabad,Dec 8 The confusion created by the government’s inability to clarify what entrance exams students must sit for, is the last thing students anxious about their performance, need.

Students still do not know whether the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (Neet) is applicable to Andhra Pradesh or not for admission to MBBS and BDS courses from the 2013-14 academic year.

The online application process started by the CBSE from December 1 has further fueled confusion among students, parents and teachers.

There are many columns in the online application form that students cannot comprehend. They are clueless whether they have to fill those columns or not, or whether to specify ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. It is no use looking to teachers or the government for answers as, ironically, they, too, know nothing.

The government maintains that it cannot clarify anything about Neet at this stage since the case is pending in the Supreme Court, though the AP High Court has stayed Neet in AP earlier. As a precautionary measure, the government has advised students to submit applications for Neet. AP kids face never-ending woes Students don't know if Neet applicable to Andhra Pradesh or not Several columns in the CBSE's online form have also left them confused The column pertaining to `choice of seats' in the CBSE's online application form has been giving students in AP a tough time. It asks students from AP and Jammu and Kashmir who have opted for seats under the 15 per cent All-India Quota, to submit an affidavit.

However, AP is not part of the 15 per cent All India Quota created under a Presidential Order for local and non-local reservations. Officials say the question of 15 per cent quota does not arise at all in case of AP students.

The application also specifies an `Overseas Citizenship of India' (OCI) quota. However, in AP there is no OCI or NRI quota. There is only 40 per cent management quota as of now. However, in some states there is 15 per cent OCI/ NRI quota.

Medical education minister Kondru Murali and principal secretary Ratna Kishore refused to comment on this issue saying that the matter is prejudiced and the government can clarify only after the Supreme Court delivers its verdict on whether to exempt some states from NEET. Though the Supreme Court orders were expected on Friday, officials said they have not received any communication to this effect till now.

Source: Deccan Chronicle
Online submission of NEET-UG forms begins 6-Dec-2012
Pune,Dec 6 The online window for submission of application forms for the maiden national eligibility cum entrance test for undergraduate (NEET-UG) medical and dental courses is now open. Students can submit their forms by accessing the website - www.cbseneet.nic.in - for the single entrance test, which is to be held on May 5, 2013.

The Maharashtra government has already conveyed to the central government its commitment to be a part of the NEET-UG scheme from 2013 onwards. Consequently, the Maharashtra Health and Technology Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET), which was the combined entrance exam for admissions to the health sciences, engineering and pharmacy degree courses in the state, has been scrapped. The exam has since been renamed MT-CET for the engineering and pharmacy courses.

The state directorate of medical education and research (DMER) has posted a detailed notification related to the NEET-UG, which will be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The Union government had published the NEET-UG 2013 exam plan for medical and dental admissions in the official gazette on February 15, while the Medical Council of India issued a notification on April 26 declaring that there will be a single national eligibility cum entrance test.

In Maharashtra, the NEET-UG will also be mandatory for admissions to the other health science degree courses such as ayurveda (BAMS), homeopathy ( BHMS), unani (BUMS), physiotheraphy (BPTh), occupational therapy (BOTh), prosthetics and orthotics (BP&O), audiology and speech, language pathology (BASLP), BSc nursing and paramedical technology (BPMT), the DMER notification states.

The DMER has cautioned all candidates aspiring for a seat in health science courses other than medical and dental, to ensure that they appear in the NEET-UG 2013 to qualify for admissions to the other courses. "The state government will not be responsible if such desirous candidates fail to apply for NEET-UG 2013," the notification states.

The NEET will be conducted in 16 cities in the state. In Pune, the DAV Public School on the DP Road, Aundh has been designated as the facilitation centre for the candidates from the city.

An admission notice issued by the CBSE states that the NEET-UG shall consist of one paper containing 180 objective type questions, ie, each question carrying four options with single correct answer, from physics, chemistry and biology (botany and zoology). The duration of the paper would be three hours.NEET-UG important dates.

Source: Times of India
Odisha Replaces State level medical exam with NEET for medicos 29-Nov-2012
BHUBANESWAR,Nov 29 Putting to rest all speculations, Odisha has finally decided to join the national eligibility-cum-entrance test (NEET 2013), the over-arching pre-medical entrance replacing state-level examinations. "We had some apprehensions. After the Centre agreed to address those, we have agreed to be part of NEET-2013 for undergraduate medical admissions this year. There will be no separate state-level entrance," health secretary Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra told TOI on Wednesday.

Mohapatra had on September 24 expressed the state's apprehension that the test would mean medical seats in state-run colleges might go to students from outside the state. "We had raised certain issues with the health ministry. We are satisfied with the response," he said. The government had sought clarifications about the fate of MBBS seats in case enough Odia students fail to qualify for it. The Centre has clarified that a percentile system will be worked out where states can prepare their own merit lists depending on number of state quota seats (85% of total seats) available there. A separate national merit list will be prepared for filling up 15% seats in all states, which are currently filled from the All India Pre-Medical Entrance Test (AIPMT).

"This would ensure that Odia students continue to occupy 85% seats in the state," Mohapatra said, adding the Directorate of Medical Education and Training (DMET) would do the counselling for these seats. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct NEET, which is scheduled for May 12, 2013.

Mohapatra said CBSE also agreed to include Koraput as a centre for NEET. Earlier it had chosen only Bhubaneswar and Rourkela as centres. The government had requested for centres in five cities, the other two are Sambalpur and Berhampur, the health secretary said. For medical aspirants, there would be five facilitation centres to help in the application procedure at DAV Chandrasekhapur, Mother's Public School and Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV-I) in Bhubaneswar besides KV-I, Cuttack, and Delhi Public School, Rourkela. Online application procedure for NEET is likely to start from December 1. There would be 180 objective type questions in the three-hour examination.

Source: Times of India
15 days before Neet, AP students clueless 9-Nov-2012
Hyderabad,Nov 9 The silence on the part of the state government with regard to the National-Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for admission to postgraduate medical courses has been causing mental agony to thousands of PG medical aspirants in AP.

The first-ever Neet is just about 15 days away, but students still don’t know whether to take the test or not, whether the test will be held in Andhra Pradesh and whether they will be allowed to take the test.

The Medical Council of India decided to conduct Neet from the coming academic year. The online test is scheduled between November 23 to December 5. The state government, meanwhile, approached the AP High Court, pointing out that Article 371 (D) of the Constitution gives special status to AP for admission to professional courses. The HC stayed Neet in the state. However, a similar case is pending in the Supreme Court, which is expected to hear it later this month. The SC recently transferred to itself 23 cases from various HC relating to petitions challenging Neet. The AP government thus cannot take a decision.

Source: Deccan Chronicle
HC stays PG medical National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test 7-Nov-2012
Hyderabad,Nov 7 The AP High Court on Tuesday stopped the Medical Council of India (MCI) from going ahead with its National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) for postgraduate (PG) medical courses for the academic year 2013. The test is scheduled to be held on Nov 23. The HC had in October stayed the same for undergraduate (UG) course.

A division bench comprising Justices V Eswaraiah and N Ravi Shankar ordered a stay after hearing a plea by the state government which said it was aggrieved by the way MCI had planned NEET. The state government accused both the Centre and the MCI of ignoring the special rights conferred to Andhra Pradesh under Article 371(D) of the Constitution. Article 371(D) allows AP to have zone-wise reservations to help its backward areas. Additional advocate general KG Krishna Murthy told the bench that MCI's NEET notification would adversely affect the interests of students from the state. The bench directed the Union health ministry and the MCI to file their counters within two weeks.

Source: Times of India
Testing time for students due to National Eligibility cum Entrance Test uncertainty 5-Nov-2012
Nagpur,Nov 5 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
NEET to be held in six centres 4-Nov-2012
MYSORE,Nov 4 All states have given their nod for the approval of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), which will come into effect next year, said medical education minister S A Ramdas here on Saturday.

Speaking to mediapersons here, the minister said during a meeting of health and medical education ministers in Delhi, Tamil Nadu (which had initially opposed NEET) has also given its approval. In Karnataka, NEET exams will be held in six centres, including Mysore. Question papers will also be in Kannada to help students from rural and those taught in Kannada.

Ramdas said that the Bill - that mandates one year rural service for fresh MBBS graduates -- is all set to get President's consent in a week's time. "Union health minister will take up the issue with the President. Once it gets the consent, there will be 2,500 fresh graduates available every year for rural service. Among them, 1,500 belong to other states as they come under all-India quota and they can opt to work in rural areas of the respective states, if not here, for a monthly stipend of Rs 40,000," he said. Seven north-eastern states, which are facing a scarcity of doctors, are expected to benefit from this.

Speaking on the new medical colleges proposed in the state, he said they will cost Rs 1,400 crore, of which the Centre will bear Rs 1,100 crore, while the state's share is Rs 300 crore.

Approval has been given for starting centres of holistic integrated medicine at KR Hospital (Mysore), Vani Vilas Hospital (Bangalore), and Kims (Hubli). The government has sanctioned Rs 1.22 crore for the purpose. A centre unit worth Rs 60 crore will come up in KR Hospital premises, for which the centre would give Rs 50 crore.

Source: Times of India
Two entrance exams for medical, allied courses 22-Oct-2012
Kochi,Oct 22 Students and parents are confused with two entrance examinations coming in the way of admissions to medical and allied courses next year in place of just one entrance so far.

For admission to MBBS and BDS courses, students will have to appear for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) while for entry to agriculture, veterinary fisheries, homeopathy, siddha and unani courses, they will need to qualify in the ent-rance exam to be conducted by the Commissioner of Entrance Examinations.

The state had in a strange move, decided to conduct its own entrance for medical-allied courses while joining NEET. Parents say the state should have followed Maharashtra, which had decided to take students for MBBS/BDS and other medical allied courses from the rank list prepared after NEET.

“The move of the state defeats the very purpose for which NEET was devised — to avoid multiple entrances,” said Rajan, a parent.

However, commissioner of entrance examinations B.S. Mavoji told DC that entrances to the medical allied courses in state had been incorporated this year as a contingency measure.

“Last year there were also moves at the Centre to conduct NEET, which did not fructify. This year too, nobody is sure that it will happen as some states are opposing it. So, if we have to conduct the entrance on our own, what we need to do now is to add MBBS/BDS to the present list,” he said.

Source: Deccan Chronicle
Andhra Pradesh high court gives National Eligibility cum Entrance Test relief to Andhra Pradesh 19-Oct-2012
Hyderabad,Oct 19 Wondering why even a state government is feeling vulnerable and knocking the doors of the courts, a division bench of the high court comprising Justice V Eswaraiah and Justice N Ravi Shankar on Wednesday stayed the applicability of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for Andhra Pradesh for the academic year 2013.

The bench was dealing with a writ petition filed by the principal secretary, medical and health.

The petitioner informed the court that the Article 371 (D) of the Constitution gave special status to the state and the Presidential order provided for local and non local reservations in admissions to professional courses.

The proposed national eligibility (NEET) test nullified the constitutional safeguards. "The rules governing NEET framed by Medical Council of India cannot override the Article 371(D) of the constitution," the government contended.

K G Krishna Murthy, additional advocate general, told the court that the state had to take to judicial recourse to protect the interests of students. The state government had written several letters to the Centre but there was no positive response.

He further contended that the new syllabus with NEET orientation had come into force only last year and the students who studied the first year intermediate with the state syllabus would be at a disadvantage.

The medium of the test -- English and Hindi - would also result in Telugu medium students suffering a severe loss. The prohibition of capitation fee Act and the rules made therein provide for weightage to the intermediate marks while finalising ranks of the students and the NEET rules do not have such provision and the state Act can not be over ruled like this.

The bench granted interim stay and directed the Medical Council of India to file counter affidavit after Dasara vacation.

Source: Times Of India
NEET Decision after SC Verdict 19-Oct-2012
Hyderabad,Oct 19 Despite the AP High Court's interim order on Wednesday staying the National Eligibilitycum-Entrance Test (Neet) in 2013 for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in the state, the confusion over whether students have to opt for Neet or Eamcet in 2013 will continue. The state will make an official announcement about conducting Eamcet medical entrance in 2013 only after the final outcome of the Neet case in the apex court. Several states have approached the SC against Neet and the verdict is expected next week. Officials say clarity over conducting Neet in 2013 will come only after the SC verdict is out.

Source: Deccan Chronicle
NEET is not so neat, say students 10-Oct-2012
Bangalore,Oct 10 As many as 38,000 candidates registered themselves online within the first 24 hours for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for Postgraduates (NEET-PG), according to data made available by Prometric, the provider of testing services for the exam. The registration window for the national online exam opened on Thursday and will close on November 12.

The new qualifying-cum-entrance examination will be conducted by the National Board of Examinations (NBE) between November 23 and December 6 at selected test centres in 33 cities. The single, mandatory test for admissions to PG medical courses will be online.

Not without problems

But complaints have already started pouring in from candidates. The father of a PG seat aspirant expressed his dissatisfaction with the entire process. When he logged on to register for his son’s exam centre, he was shocked to find that all the centres in Bangalore were full on the very first day.

“There were no centres in Bangalore when I logged in. Now my son has to travel to New Delhi to take this exam and I have to spend Rs.10,000 on airfare.”

Tight schedules

Another PG medical seat aspirant spoke about the tight schedule as other entrance exams were lined up around the same time. He said: “The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) exam is on November 18, Diplomate of National Board (DNB) exam is from November 17 to 20. The NEET exam is scheduled between November 23 and December 6. As the exams have been advanced, our entire study schedule is affected.”

Students also said that the website crashed by Thursday afternoon. Although all the centres were full by Thursday night, some centres were added on Friday morning which brought some relief to students.

First come, first served

However, a press release from Prometric India managing director Soumitra Roy said: “Depending on candidates’ Internet connection speed and the number of candidates accessing the registration system, some waiting time can be expected. While we will endeavour to offer as many seats as feasible in candidates’ preferred locations, availability is on a first come, first served basis, and we encourage all candidates to select the best available exam slot, register and complete their sessions as quickly as possible.”

Source: The Hindu
NEET-PG online registration begins on a chaotic note 5-Oct-2012
Hyderabad,Oct 5 The first day of the application process for NEET-PG entrance examination for admissions to post-graduate medical seats, started on a chaotic note. Not only did the online registration for the examination was glitch-ridden, candidates also complained that the bank they were meant to pay up the examination fee was ill-equipped to handle the huge rush.

The procedure to register for NEET requires candidates to first pay up the examination fee at an Axis bank branch (three branches in the city have been notified) and then register for the examination online, using the voucher given to them by the bank. However, candidates said they had faced problems on both counts. While many students had a problem at the bank as they were unable to get vouchers, most complained of problems during online registration. About 80,000 to 1 lakh candidates are expected to write the newly-introduced PG entrance examination from across the country. An estimated 15,000 candidates will be writing the examination from the state.

The website for registration was inaccessible for most candidates in the city as the server was down due to overload. NEET-PG exam registration is being held from October 4 to November 12. The examination dates are from November 23 to December 6.

Candidates who managed to register themselves for the computer-based examination said that they could not opt for test centres within the state or in neighbouring states. While there are three test centres in the state including two in Hyderabad and one in Vizag, the only available options for several test takers from the state were Guwahati, Patna and Raipur.

Worried candidates stated that NEET-PG, which comes under the purview of National Board of Examination, is the only entrance examination for higher studies in medical education that would guarantee an MD. "The Centre has done away with all the state-level medical PG examinations and hence, NEET is the only chance to get an MD. As there is too much at stake, all candidates are worried about the technical glitches on the first day of registration as they fear that such glitches could surface even on the examination day," said a candidate on the condition of anonymity.

Testing company Prometric is responsible for the online registration of candidates and also for the conduct of NEET-PG examination. Prometric also conducts computer-based Common Admission Test (CAT) for admissions into B schools. Candidates said that Prometric has been rather vague about various aspects of the examination including scoring. "There is no clarity on the syllabus for NEET. Besides, in spite of repeated queries from candidates, Prometric has not revealed the process of scoring though they have vaguely referred to an 'equating and scaling' process of evaluation," said a candidate.

The national board of examination had announced that NEET-PG will be held in January, 2013, however, the examination was advanced to November, candidates rued. "We were given hardly any time to prepare for the examination. It's the moral responsibility of the central government to make sure that no errors creep into the conduct of NEET-PG," said a candidate.

Source: Times of India
Andhra Pradesh again seeks exemption for students in NEET 3-Oct-2012
Hyderabad,Oct 3 Andhra Pradesh has once again sought exemption for its students from appearing in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) till 2014.

In 2010, the state had agreed to taking part in NEET from 2012 but could not meet the deadline, citing the need for changes in relevant laws as well as the student curriculum.

Today, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy wrote a letter to Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad requesting exemption from NEET for one more academic year.

"Introduction of NEET would involve certain amendments to the AP Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admissions and Prohibition of Capitation Fee) Act, 1983, and also the Dr NTR University of Health Sciences Act, 1986 under which the State's Common Entrance Test (EAMCET) is held," the Chief Minister said in the letter.

"The EAMCET ranking is based on 25 per cent marks secured in the Intermediate examination and 75 per cent in the EAMCET. The students who joined Intermediate in 2011-12 are eligible for 25% weightage marks. This is as per the provision in the relevant law," he pointed out.

"The NEET syllabus is based on the CBSE curriculum while AP adopted it from the academic year 2012-13. Students joining in 2012-13 would complete the Intermediate course by April, 2014. It would be appropriate for these students to appear for the NEET in 2014 as they would have studied as per the revised curriculum and also would not be eligible for weightage in marks," the Chief Minister added.

"In view of this, I request you to kindly issue orders exempting the State from the proposed National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test 2013," he mentioned.

Source: Times of India
Medical, dental NEET on May 5 17-Sep-2012
New Delhi,Sep 17 National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to MBBS and BDS courses will be held on May 5, 2013. Earlier, the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) had said that the exam will be held on May 12.

Top rank holders will be eligible to pursue medical and dental courses in institutions approved by the Medical Council of India and Dental Council of India. All private college sand deemed to be universities cannot conduct parallel exams and decide admission based on the NEET scorecard.

Source: Deccan Chronicle
Karnataka Examinations Authority to prepare students for NEET 5-Sep-2012
Bangalore,Sep 5 Karnataka Examinations Authority will hold a capacity-building programme to prepare students for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET 2013). The programme will commence from October 16, which coincides with Dasara holidays for II PU students. It will be telecast on Doordarshan's Chandana Channel from 9.15pm to 10pm every day till May 2013.

Detailed course modules as per syllabus will be accessible from October 16 on the KEA website. A NEET cell is being set up which will interact with students. From January 2013, mock NEET exams will be held by KEA offline and online.

Source: Times of India
Centre to double medical seats - By 2021, there will be 80,000 MBBS seats 15-May-2012
New Delhi,May 15 The Centre is planning to double the number of medical seats in undergraduate and postgraduate courses to achieve a target of 80,000 MBBS and 45,000 PG seats by 2021, health ministry officials said.The officials said the plan has been mooted to ensure a doctor-patient ratio of 1:1,000 against the current fraction of 1:2,000.

The ministry of health and family welfare is targeting additional 38,431 seats in the MBBS and 22,806 seats in the PG streams by 2021, representing a rise of 92.45 per cent and 102.75 per cent respectively.

The target is 80,000 MBBS seats and 45,000 PG seats by 2021, the officials said at the meeting of Parliamentary Consultative Committee on health chaired by health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad here on Monday. The meeting was called to discuss the scenario of medical infrastructure. At present, there are 41,569 MBBS seats in the 335 medical colleges across India and 22,194 PG seats.

However, most of these seats and medical colleges are concentrated in the southern and western states with the central Indian states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh barely getting any share in medical infrastructure.

Ministry’s latest data shows that 66 per cent of the 335 medical colleges and 69 per cent of the current MBBS seats are located at present in the Southern and Western states, including Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Goa. Eastern India, comprising Bihar and West Bengal, which feature among the five most populous states, have 10 per cent just 9 per cent MBBS seats. Common med. entrance tests from 2013 ¦ The proposed common exams for admission to MBBS and MD courses all over the country will be held from the next academic session, health ministry officials said. The officials told MPs at the Consultative Committee Meeting on Health that the proposed common tests, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Undergraduate (NEET-UG) and Postgraduate (NEET-PG) medical courses, have been notified for commencement from 2013-14. The common entrance tests for admission to MBBS and MD courses have been notified on February 25, this year for commencement from academic year 2013-14 they said. The NEET for admission to UG courses would be conducted by the CBSE and the NEET for PG courses would be carried out by the National Board of Examinations, they added.

Source: Deccan Chronicle
AFMC Entrance Exam scrapped, merged with NEET from 2013 10-Feb-2012
Hyderabad,Feb 10 The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will be conducting National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) in 2013 where students willing to apply for Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) will have to mention AFMC as their preference of choice. Though AFMC will be conducting online admissions this year, from 2013 onwards the institute has decided to scrap off its entrance exam.

This year AFMC entrance exam is scheduled to be held on May 6, 2012.

Director General of Armed Forces Medical Services (DG-AFMS), while attending the 50th armed forces medical research committee meeting and 60th conference of medical forces revealed that the MBBS program will commence in the month of August and admissions for the course will be held online.

Earlier AFMC raised objections in accepting NEET for admissions to the medical courses as they have certain criterias for selecting students in armed forces. However, the institute still will conduct its own aptitude test for the students qualifying NEET and opting for AFMC.

The DG -AFMS expressed that the Medical Council of India (MCI) has added more number of seats to post graduate courses so that they can create large number of specialists. He also added that various nursing colleges offering diploma courses will now offer degree programs.

The academic committee also discussed about various issues including evaluation methods of training and teaching efficiency and how to measure the objectives. The DG-AFMS also added that medical research committee will evaluate 167 award winning projects and research proposals on the topics such as compatibility in aircraft cockpit and anthropometric changes related to age in air crew and others.

Source:Indian Express
Common Syllabus for 10+2 courses 21-Jan-2012
Hyderabad,Jan 21 The Union ministry of HRD has announced plans to bring in a common national engineering entrance exam for students who will be admitted to the 10+2 courses in the academic year 2012-13. “The HRD ministry is making all efforts to conduct a national common entrance test for engineering admissions from 2014.

We are negotiating with all the state governments for that purpose,” said Ms Daggupati Purandeshwari, minister of state, UMHRD. She also said a national common syllabus at 10+2 level is being worked on. “Some states have already agreed to this and we are confident of bringing a consensus on the issue among all the states.” Explaining the reason forthe decision, she said, “The idea is to provide a levelplaying field for all students irrespective of the boards they opt for at state and national level.” There are also plans to give weightage for 10+2 marks in the engineering entrance exam. The common syllabus will ensure that there will not be any disparity when giving weightage for 10+2 marks across the country.” She said there was initial resistance to Neet from several states, including AP.

“The point was to inform students about any changes two years in advance when they take admissions in 10+2 courses. The MCI has announced that Neet will be applicable to fresh batch of students who take admission in the coming academic year 2012-13. All the states agreed to this,” she added.

Source: Deccan Chronicle
NEET for UG Admissions will be introduced from the 2013-2014 academic session. 29-Dec-2011
Chennai,Dec 29 NEET is a single admission process to MBBS and post-graduate medical courses throughout the country. A division bench of Justice Dhananjay Chandrachud and Justice Amjad Sayed was hearing petitions filed by the state government, association of medical colleges ( AMC) and students, challenging MCIs notifications , prescribing and finalising the syllabus for NEET’s advocate informed the court that on December 8, 2011, the Aurangabad bench has stayed the exams.

She said three other high courts (Madras, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka) in the country have also stayed NEET. The Aurangabad bench is of the opinion that the syllabus is based on CBSE, she said. The MCI advocate submitted that NEET will not be implemented for the academic year 2012-13 but for 2013-14.The judges said in view of MCIs statement, students will not get stressed and all uncertainties will go. They will get enough time to prepare themselves, said Justice Chandrachud.
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