The Medical Entrance Saga
When, for an exam, Supreme Court passes a judgement and the government has to take help of the President to bypass order of Supreme court, indeed a strong controversy is going on. The exam talked about here is the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) which has been finally put on hold for a year amid several speculations.
To conduct a common entrance exam to get admission into colleges offering same type of courses seems legit but the private medical colleges which have been under profit by conducting their private exams and taking donations in that name will no longer enjoy same once NEET is imposed for government and private colleges alike. Another reason for controversy was the timing of judgment which was very close to the date of exam and students were in dilemma of how to prepare for exam in such short period of time and whether the exam will be held or not. The NEET controversy started in 2013 and here is the list of events.
The Medical Council of India (MCI) and Dental Council of India (DCI) in 2012 had introduced common medical entrance examination or National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) for the admissions in the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in government or private medical colleges in India. However, due to several reasons, the CBSE and MCI delayed the exam by a year.
The NEET was finally conducted in 2013 as single test for admissions to all medical and dental courses in India, that Included MBBS, BDS and PG courses. However, the test was cancelled when 115 petitions were filed in the Supreme Court against this pattern on exam. Following this, the Apex Court While scraped NEET and ruled that private medical institutions should not conduct their graduate and post graduate admissions on the basis of NEET.
However, the test was cancelled when 115 petitions were filed in the Supreme Court against this pattern on exam. Following this, the Apex Court While scraped NEET and ruled that private medical institutions should not conduct their graduate and post graduate admissions on the basis of NEET.
To this, the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the concerned ministry in the Union government filed a fresh petition for seeking Supreme Court’s review on the 2013 judgement.
The Supreme Court agreed to hear the MCI petition to recall the NEET case afresh on April 11, 2016. The Apex court on April 28 turned down its own judgement, and decided to give its ruling in favour of a single common medical entrance test or National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET).
Following the Supreme Court’s order on May 1, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted the first phase of NEET in which at least six lakh candidates appeared for the examination.
This move was resisted by some state governments and minority institutions. They filed a fresh petition on May 9 with a plea to allow them to hold separate entrance examination for MBBS and BDS courses for the current year.
After this succumbing to the pressure put by the state governments, the NDA government came out with an ordinance to exempt the State boards from the purview of NEET for one year.
Now there are debates going on the usefulness of NEET exam. A single exam definitely increases the standard of education since everyone has to pass a certain cut-off. It will also stop Illegal sale of seats in private medical colleges. Moreover it brings uniformity and helps in impartial conduct of exam.
Government’s decision to postpone NEET under the pressure of State governments which in turn were pressurized by private players is not welcome sign. Only the reason of students not getting enough time to prepare is a valid reason in their favor. Hope to see it conducted smoothly next year.
Rather than fret over things not in your hands, though, you can do better gearing up for NEET Phase 2. Here‘s a guide to the final few days.
All the best!