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Pune: Courts shut for summer break, deferring NEET unlikely

The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), on their part, has registered an official grievance with the Prime Minister asking for a common basic syllabus based on Std XII portion.

Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune | Published: May 13, 2016 3:21 am
 NEET, neet exam , bombay high court, MARD,  resident doctor, supreme court, DY patil deemed university, DMER, MHT-CET, Venkaiah Naidu, parliament, indian express pune , pune news In Pune, all private medical colleges have scrapped their exams and at the state-level, the director of medical education and research (DMER), Dr Pravin Shingare, admits that their review petition challenging the Supreme Court ruling may not come up for hearing soon.

WITH COURTS closing from mid May, chances are slim that there could be any further intervention on deferring the National Eligibility Entrance Examination (NEET) till next year. In Pune, all private medical colleges have scrapped their exams and at the state-level, the director of medical education and research (DMER), Dr Pravin Shingare, admits that their review petition challenging the Supreme Court ruling may not come up for hearing soon.

“This is a legal battle that the state is undertaking,” Shingare said, adding, it was likely that the petition will be taken up after the vacation break. At DY Patil deemed university, which has 14 centres across the country, including one medical college (250 seats) in Pimpri, their separate common entrance test on May 14 has been cancelled.

Resident docs’ body demands a common syllabus

The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), on their part, has registered an official grievance with the Prime Minister asking for a common basic syllabus based on Std XII portion. “The Supreme Court decision to conduct NEET this year has come as a huge surprise. The proposed NEET is based on CBSE syllabus and is different from other respective states’ syllabi. Hence, we are demanding a common basic syllabus,” Dr Sagar Mundada, President of state unit of MARD said.

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We have also urged the medical education minister, Vinod Tawde, to urgently take measures and regulate the coaching classes that are charging exorbitant fees from students, said Mundada. Meanwhile 200 students have already signed up an online petition demanding a common basic syllabus for NEET that should be based on Std XII portion.

Plans for vacation abroad cancelled, back to studying

For parents of children who had just taken the state Common Entrance Test (CET) on May 5, the Supreme Court’s ruling has put a spanner on their holiday plans. Dr Suresh Jain, gastroenterologist, said his daughter is depressed and is failing to keep her focus. “We were confident about the MHT-CET exam and had booked tickets for a short vacation to Hong Kong after the exam. But now, we will have to cancel the tickets,” Dr Jain said. For Dr Sanjay Lalwani, paediatrician, whose nephew appeared for MHT-CET, the SC ruling has stalled their vacation plans. “We were going for a short holiday to Germany. Now, my nephew will have to stay back and join coaching classes ahead of NEET,” he said.

‘NEET is a bold step’

The ‘National Coalition for Reforms and restructuring of Medical Council of India’- a group of several networks of rational, ethical doctors and civil society—has taken strong notice of the statement by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu in which he has said the government will move the Supreme Court for deferring the NEET by one year.

This is a pressure tactic by the private medical colleges and other interested parties who want the capitation fee to continue, a statement issued by Dr G. S. Grewal (President- Punjab Medical Council),Dr Samiran Nundy (Senior Surgeon and member of ‘Indian Doctors for ethical practice’), Dr Arun Mitra (Chairperson, Ethics Committee, Punjab Medical Council), Dr K.V. Babu (Activist in Kerala and member of ‘Indian Doctors for ethical practice’), Dr Abhay Shukla (Jan Swasthya Abhiyan) and others has said. “NEET is a bold step to end the admission to the medical colleges using corrupt means and money power. The students getting admission in some states on the basis of 10+2 exam result will not be affected as NEET will be an equal play for all the students of that particular state,” the statement added.

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    Ashita
    May 15, 2016 at 5:56 pm
    Neet
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      Ashita
      May 15, 2016 at 5:58 pm
      Only mediocre students are happy as they get second chance . Thise who havenot done well in neet1 are only happy and supporting neet2
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        Anitha Tomy
        May 14, 2016 at 3:41 am
        NEET will provide us a fair chance to get an MBBS seat. Those who are battling against NEET have their own personal motives. So instead of complaining against NEET let us study for its Phase II with an aim of securing an MBBS seat.
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        1. Barney Stinson
          May 13, 2016 at 9:21 am
          Who says I'm afraid to give my opinion ?? For your kind information, I did comment, although it didn't appear !! Anyways you want to know my opinion, so here it is !! SC has again given a BIASED AND UNFAIR JUDGEMENT ! It's an earnest request ! NEET PHASE-2 SHOULD BE CANCELLED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT and BE IMPLEMENTED FROM NEXT YEAR as it is HIGHLY UNJUSTIFIED AND UNFAIR for Students who have already cleared Private Exams like Manipal, AMU, COMEDK etc. as well as for STATE PMT students to prepare for NEET Phase-2 in such a Short Period despite knowing the HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THE SYLLABUS !!! Also, ONE VERY IMPORTANT THING BEING OVERLOOKED BY EVERYONE is that what about CANDIDATES ABOVE 25 YEARS who had ONLY PRIVATE EXAMS as the ONLY OPTION DUE TO AGE RESTRICTION and have PERFORMED WELL in them !! HOW UNFAIR IS FOR THEM !! THEIR PRIVATE EXAMS AS WELL AS NEET-1 OPPORTUNITIES WENT DOWN THE DRAIN !! WHY ?? CAN ANYONE ANSWER ??? They had prepared solely all this time based on that pattern like Manipal, which is totally different from Neet...then how can they give NEET ??? Also, if it really is NEET this time, then I ASK EVERYONE why were those CANDIDATES NOT ALLOWED TO GIVE NEET-1 ??? DOES ANYONE HAVE AN ANSWER ??? Who is saying NEET is a wrong decision ?? It is a good decision but not at all for this year !! IS THERE SOME KIND OF AN EMERGENCY TO CONDUCT NEET THIS YEAR AT THE COST OF RUINING CAREER OF MANY STUDENTS WHO'S PRIVATE OR STATE PMT'S WENT WELL ??? IF IT WERE SO REALLY IMPORTANT, IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED AT LEAST ONE YEAR BEFORE TO PREVENT ANY CONFUSION AND HAVE COMPLETE FOCUS ON THAT !!! Students who's 1st Test didn't go well, I know you all would be happy, but for a moment take a pause to see from other angles also !!! Is it fair for other students who have already cleared private exams or State PMT's ? Isn't it selfish just to see only your benefit ? You have already given NEET Phase-1 !! How many more chances do you want on the pretext of NEET ?? THIS SECOND CHANCE TREND CAN'T CONTINUE EVERY YEAR !! SC should reverse to the original AIPMT the way it was for this year only thereby preventing all sorts of chaos and confusion, hence a Fair Decision for everyone !! Not all 5 fingers are same ! Not all Private colleges are currupt ! There are many good private colleges like Manipal so transparent that they declare the scores there and then ! Likewise, even Private Hospitals or Private Schools might also be taken over !! This is not done !! Private means Private !! Just because a few Private Colleges are corrupt and produce non-deserving doctors, then what about the Unjustified Quota System which produces thousands of undeserving doctors at such low scores 300 or 400 out of 720 !! Anybody has answer to this ?? Then why not SC abolish this Quota System as well ???? I am much more Anno !!!!
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            Vikranth
            May 13, 2016 at 3:51 am
            Neet is the best option give by supreme court, all privita colleges charging donation fee arround 80lac-1.8crores in south india, so government has taken a good and best decision to keep neet from this year this will end all private medical colleges to take donation
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