July 20, 2011 1:00:43 am
The new board of Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Union Health Ministry have decided to start Common Entrance Examination (CET) for undergraduates and post-graduate medical courses from next year in two languages English and Hindi.
The proposal to start CET had sparked off a fight between the ministry and the previous MCI board after the latter issued a notification on National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) in December 2010. The ministry had declared invalid the notification issued without its approval.
Putting to rest this controversy,in a meeting chaired by Health Secretary K Chandramouli on Monday,it was decided that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) would conduct the exam from next year. The meeting was attended by senior officials from the CBSE and the MCI.
The states had been conducting entrance examinations in regional languages till now. But we have now decided to conduct the exam in two languages on the lines of engineering entrances, said Dr Purushottam Lal,a member of the MCI board.
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The MCI is working on the uniform curriculum that will be soon put on the website.
We are discussing all the implications. The CBSE conducts all exams,so we are taking their help, Chandramouli told The Indian Express.
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