Even as chaos prevailed amongst parents who were unsure if the Maharashtra Common Entrance Tests (MHCET) would hold any validity for medical admissions after the Supreme Court allowed the Centre to introduce National Entrance cum Eligibility Test in two phases this year, a Pune-based Std XII student Komal Tapasvi petitioned the apex court along with a dozen-odd students over its decision. Tapasvi, who is amongst those students from the state who have already registered for the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT), said that it will take place on May 1 and will be considered as NEET I, and is asking for permission to be allowed to appear for the second phase of the entrance exam in July, so that she gets a fair chance to compete with others.
“So far, my daughter only concentrated on MHCET, whose syllabus is 50 per cent of AIPMT. Though she had registered for the latter, she hadn’t concentrated on it. Firstly, it is not possible to prepare in three days and even if she wanted to, the NCERT books are not available in the market now,” said radiologist Dr Himani Tapasvi.
Anaesthologist Dr Parag Kashyap, whose daughter Gautami is a co-petitioner with Tapasvi, said those students who have not registered can appear in July, which means they get two months to prepare. “This is unfair on our children. Isn’t it natural that students who get more time with the same syllabus will do better? We are caught in a no-win situation because if our kids don’t take the test on May 1, they will be marked absent. Hence, we want to get a chance to appear in July,” he said.
Meanwhile, the chaos across the state continued as academicians, parents and students were kept on tenderhooks and phone lines at the Directorate of Medical Education (DMER) kept ringing.
“We must have got close to a 1,000 phone calls during the day and the first question was to confirm if MHCET would take place. They wanted to know that if admissions would be done through NEET, what was the point of MHCET? Many argued why decisions are not taken in advance,” said a lady manning the helpline at DMER.
In Pune, several groups of parents came together holding meetings in various parts of the city to discuss the situation and solutions.
“A group of 61 parents came to our meeting and on Monday, after the state puts its review petition in the SC, we will decide our next step,” said Dilip Shah of Science Academy.
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