WITH THE Union Cabinet on Friday approving an ordinance to bypass the Supreme Court’s order that mandates National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET)-2016 for admission to medical courses across India, celebrations were on in full swing in the city with parents, students and tutors distributing sweets and bursting crackers over the news.
However, the decision only pertains to admissions this year in government medical and dental colleges in which students can now get admissions based on the state entrance tests while those seeking admissions to private medical colleges or deemed universities will have to go through NEET itself. Tutor Dilip Shah, who runs Science Academy, said that the decision has brought relief to thousands of students.
“I think finally the Centre has understood the concerns of the students. It was just not possible to complete the portion within two months and had this decision not been taken, many deserving students would have had to give up their MBBS dream,” he said. Students who think they will score well in the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET) are especially happy and many have decided not to appear for NEET-II as they are confident of getting a seat through the state entrance test.
Sadaf Bepari, a student, who took an year’s break to prepare for the MHT-CET, said, “I am happy that admissions to government colleges will now be on the basis of MHT-CET scores. I took a break for one year only to prepare for MHT-CET. Since, I am a state Board student, preparing for NEET was difficult for me. Now, I will not appear for NEET-II as I am quite confident about my MHT-CET scores.”
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Most students, who had begun preparing for NEET-II, scheduled on July 24, have heaved relief. Poorva Barve, student of MES Garware College said, “Studying for NEET was becoming difficult for me as the portion is vast and different. I can’t express how relieved I am,” she said, adding, she will wait for the MHT-CET results and if satisfied, she will not appear for NEET-II. Parents, though happy about the decision, are still cautious about it and asking their wards to stay focused for NEET-II as well.
Manoj Dube, a parent, said, “We are happy that some positive steps have been taken but we are also a bit worried. Earlier, private medical colleges would give admissions based on MHT-CET scores but now that this would not happen, the seats are really less. Now, ratio of available seats to students vying for it might be one in thousands and that’s why we want students to focus on NEET-II as well.”
Meanwhile, tutors have said that it is a temporary relief. S Deodhar, owner of Deodhar Classes, said, “The ordinance is a welcome decision and making NEET mandatory for private institutions will stop donations. However, the main issue is our syllabus is not up to the mark with the national standards and there needs to be a change. Students will naturally shift to the central Board due to such a move. Therefore, the state government needs to rework its syllabus now,” he said. The ordinance has certainly brought in relief to underprivileged students. “Since last few days, I didn’t know what to do since we have no classes in our village or taluka for NEET. I had decided to give up my MBBS dream but looks like I have a chance now,” said a confident Sheetal Chattrabhuj Madkar from Dabha village, Osmanabad.