The Supreme Court order that National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) would be the single entrance examination for medical and dental courses across the country has left aspirants in Mumbai worried.
The court has opened NEET-II, scheduled on July 24, for all eligible candidates who either could not appear for NEET-I or wish to take the exam again.
“We wanted NEET and wanted irregularities and malpractices that pervade in medical education in the country to be stopped, but the sudden bringing in of the exam has left us worried. The students who are studying in Class X and Class XI at present still have time for preparation, but the ones appearing for NEET this year will have to suffer in coping with the CBSE-based exam pattern,” said Jayesh Lele, president of Indian Medical Association, Maharashtra branch.
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Bhakti Shah, a student of St Joseph School, said, “We took two years’ time to prepare for the state common entrance test and then it was scrapped suddenly. Now they expect us to study for the much more difficult national-level test in a period of nine weeks.”
State Medical Education Minister Vinod Tawde has instructed all public and private schools and junior colleges to provide additional coaching to students and help them complete the CBSE syllabus, but aspirants do not find it very reassuring.
“It is not a joke to brush up on CBSE textbooks of both Class XI and Class XII in two months’ time. I know I will not be able to make it to good medical colleges on the basis of NEET and hence will not attempt the exam,” said Shubham David, a student of SK Somaya College, who is now waiting for his MH-CET result to get admission in an engineering college.
Coming from a humble background and having dropped a year to prepare for the state common admission test, Chandan Pawar of Ruparel College said he had lost all hope for pursuing medicine. “Coaching classes for medical entrances are very expensive. My father had taken a loan of Rs 90,000 for my tuition and now he feels helpless. Though he wants me to appear for NEET-II, I have stopped preparing and have also told him that I cannot handle the pressure of studying all the syllabus this soon,” he said.
Rushikesh Gorad, student of Indian Education Society, said he had left for a vacation after taking CET on May 5. “I am in shock and yet to figure out how to cover such a vast syllabus in this short span of time,” he said. Gorad added he had been preparing for two years for medical colleges within Maharashtra, as he knew his family would not allow him to go out of the state.