A DAY after the Supreme Court turned down a batch of appeals by various states to conduct their own medical admission tests for the current academic session, the Director of Medical Education and Research’s (DMER) Dr Pravin Shingare sought to allay the students’ fears and urged them not to lose time and study for the second phase of National Eligibility Entrance Exam (NEET-II).
“After consulting legal experts and taking their advice, the state is likely to challenge the SC ruling,” DMER’s Dr Pravin Shingare said, adding, “meanwhile, we are urging students to focus on the exam.” Those who have not applied for the All-India Pre Medical Test will be given an opportunity to appear in NEET-II on July 24 and the combined result will be declared on August 17 so that the admission process can be completed by September 30. Some 6,000 seats have to be filled in Maharashtra.
Meanwhile, an online petition, started by students and parents urging several to sign, will be sent to the Prime Minister and other ministers asking them to use both NEET and CET as a qualifying examination for admission to medical courses. Nearly 700 have signed the petition, said Dr Sagar Mundada, president of the state unit of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors.
He, however, told students to focus on the positive aspects of NEET as of now. “Students do not have to fill different forms or spend money in the admission process,” said Mundada. Dr Ishwar Gilada, President of People’s Health Organisation, however, pinned the blame on the state for not bringing the education pattern at par with the national stream.