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AP in a fix as Centre ignores plea on Neet,
Hyderabad, Nov 07: The Centre has ignored the state government’s plea regarding exempting candidates from Andhra Pradesh from the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Neet) till 2014 for MBBS admissions. In a communication sent to the Medical Education department, the Centre has made it clear that Neet is being held on the directions of the Supreme Court and it has no role to play in the issue. The Centre suggested that the state government approach the Supreme Court for exemption.

With no signs of a positive response from the Centre over Neet, the state government has decided to make a last-ditch effort to seek exemption at least for this year. Health minister D.L. Ravindra Reddy has decided to meet Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday at New Delhi and discuss the issue with him. The state government is also contemplating sending a team headed by the minister for primary education D. Shailajanath to convince the Centre regarding exempting Andhra Pradesh from Neet for the present.

“I will explain the practical problems being faced by the state government in adopting Neet from this year to the Centre,” Mr Ravindra Reddy said. “I will also bring to the notice of the Union health minister, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad the concerns being expressed by students, parents and teachers over Neet,” he added. Mr Ravindra Reddy also said that while there was no objection to Neet on a broader perspective, the problem was with the timing of the exam. “If students are informed about any exam changes while they take admission to Inter First Year, there will be no problem. But now the Inter students have already completed the first year of the course and only five months are left to finish the second year,” he said.

“At this stage, if we ask them to appear for the exam in a new format, it will be unfair. The students, parents and teachers are tensed over the issue,” Mr Ravindra Reddy added.

Source: Deccan Chronicle

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