Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Wednesday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring an ordinance or appeal against the Supreme Court’s decision to enforce the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) across states including Maharashtra this year.
Fadnavis met Modi in Delhi and apprised him of the difficulties students are facing as they are being forced to switch from state syllabus to CBSE curriculum in less than two months ahead of medical entrance test.
In the first week of May, the Supreme Court had issued an order making NEET compulsory for all states. It said students should uniformly appear for NEET, thus, disallowing the state to conduct its common entrance test based on Maharashtra Board syllabus. Modi has decided to positively consider the matter. He also indicated that the centre will find out what can be done to help students across states.
Fadnavis said, “I requested the PM to intervene to facilitate state students for appearing for entrance examinations based on the state syllabus instead of CBSE curriculum.” He said, “The court order enforcing NEET is not practical… preparing for the CBSE syllabus in two months is not possible.”
“To begin with, there are no CBSE books available even if students want to start preparations. In our state, we have 20 per cent students who pursue CBSE course, and 80 per cent study Maharashtra Board syllabus. If the NEET is made compulsory, 80 per cent students will be badly affected. It would become impossible for students from rural Maharashtra to cope with the CBSE syllabus. As a result, bright students will be deprived of becoming doctors,” he said.
The CM also pointed out that Maharashtra has a large number of private medical colleges. There are some issues related to their functioning and entrance tests, which do not get addressed in NEET.