Scores of medical aspirants and their parents protested on Saturday against the Supreme Court’s decision of making National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) mandatory for MBBS and BDS entrance. Students from Pune and neighbouring districts, who were initially slated to start a hunger strike at Shaniwarwada, later relocated to the Ganpati temple in Laxmi Nagar Chowk after being denied permission by police to hold a protest at Shaniwarwada.
Meanwhile, calling the SC decision a complete failure of the state government, students demanded answers on how they were to finish the syllabus in two months. One of the aspirants, Pratiksha Bansale from Urali Kanchan, said that she has become a victim of the state’s flawed decisions.
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“I have repeated a year to be able to get a good score in the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHCET). Last year too, the state government had announced change in syllabus for MHCET at the last moment and instead of classes 11 and 12, we had to appear for exams only for class 12. Since I had prepared according to the earlier pattern, I decided to take a drop and study in the new pattern for better chances. Now we are told to study a completely different syllabus for NEET,” she said.
Parents of the medical aspirants called the decision of the court inhuman. Financial consultant Rahul Gore, one such aggrieved parent whose daughter took a year’s break, said that his daughter used to study for 12 hours a day.
“Just four days before the SC decision, she told me that she was going to crack the exams; she was so confident. After the SC decision, she is completely dejected. I told her to join classes and even bought her books but after attending for four days, she started crying at the breakfast table saying that she won’t be able to do it. My entire family is depressed and we are scared lest she takes a wrong decision. But I will beg, borrow or steal, but make my daughter a doctor now by sending her abroad,” Gore said.
Parents had even brought along NCERT textbooks to show how much study is expected from students in two months, stating that it is impossible to do so. “The language is so different and the content so detailed. How is it possible for our children to catch up in two months?” Manoj Dubey, another parent, wondered.
Dilip Shah, a tutor at the Science Academy, said that the parents even tried to meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis but they were treated badly. “Next week, the parents would take out a rally from Shaniwarada to the collector’s office and even start a hunger strike, but the protest will not die down,” he said.