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NEET: poor response from State,
Hyderabad, Nov 07: Not much effort was put in by the State government authorities, students or the colleges in demanding that the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) be held in the regional language also; a demand which has cropped up after the Central government announced its decision.

The Medical Council of India (MCI) sought feedback on conduct of NEET, syllabus and other related issues from the stakeholders concerned before it wanted to finalise the exam structure. However, there was poor response, particularly on conducting the exam in the regional language. As per the figures available with MCI, only 1,799 people responded of which 13.90 per cent suggested that the question paper be given in the regional language, apart from English and Hindi. Out of these 13.90 per cent, 81.6 per cent were from Gujarat and the rest from Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal.

It shows neither the government officials nor the students, parents or colleges were interested in giving their opinion. “The awareness was nil among students on the MCI's request for suggestions. The government itself was not aware of such a request ,” a senior official said.

Nearly one-third of the respondents from all over the country questioned the timing of the NEET announcement and suggested that it be conducted from 2013 or beyond. About 37.76 per cent of responses were related to syllabus.

Source: The Hindu

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