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MH-CET for govt colleges, NEET II for private ones; state to file caveats today

According to the ordinance, students seeking admission to medical and dental courses in any government college this year need not appear for the second phase of NEET any more.

Admissions to the 2,810 seats in government medical and dental colleges in the state will be done through Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MH-CET), said state Education Minister Vinod Tawde after President Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday signed an ordinance deferring the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) by a year.

According to the ordinance, students seeking admission to medical and dental courses in any government college this year need not appear for the second phase of NEET any more. However, those seeking admission to private colleges will have to take NEET II on July 24.

Unlike states like Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka where some seats in private colleges are reserved for the state government, private colleges in Maharashtra do not have seats reserved for the state, said Tawde. Hence, all private medical colleges in the state will admit students through NEET only.

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Tawde said the state’s lawyers will file caveats and put its stand before the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

While the minister advised students, who can afford to study in private colleges, to prepare for NEET II, he also said the state will convene a meeting of expert academicians to check whether any changes are required in the state board syllabus. The changes will be suggested to the chairman of the board of higher secondary education.

“The curriculum should be such that students of different intellectual levels are comfortable with the course,” said Tawde. The syllabus cannot be defined according to medical aspirants only.

Meanwhile, parents are not too happy with the ordinance. They said the Central government should have deferred NEET for private colleges too.

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“We will meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and request him to consider our case,” said Ruiee Kapoor, a parent who has been protesting against the Supreme Court verdict making NEET compulsory for all medical aspirants.

Parents said the chances of general category students of getting a seat in a government medical or dental college will reduce drastically.

First published on: 25-05-2016 at 03:44:37 am
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