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Common test for MBBS course has colleges, varsities up in arms

October 19, 2011

Rattled by the Medical Council of India’s (MCI) determination to go ahead with the common entrance test for MBBS admissions from next academic session (2012-13), private medical colleges and universities have threatened not to admit students to the 25,000 medical seats under their ambit if the decision is not withdrawn. The common entrance test is named National Entrance Eligibility Test (NEET).

MCI is likely to issue a notification soon paving way for just one entrance test each for MBBS courses offered by all medical colleges — both in Government and private sectors. Such an examination will replace the 17 medical entrance examinations currently existing in the country. The CBSE will be conducting the all-India tests for admitting 32,000 undergraduates.

However, All India Private Medical Colleges and Private Universities Welfare Association of India has termed the move illegal saying that if it (MCI) went ahead with the decision (to hold NEET), they would announce Zero session (no admission). This, they said, would further lead to a shortage of 25,000 more doctors in the country.

The Association, comprising representatives from 180 colleges across the country offering over 25,000 seats for MBBS, will soon meet Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in this regard.

Almost threatening the Government, Ahmed Ashfaque Karim, Association’s Secretary said, “A large chunk of the doctors in the country are being produced by the private medical colleges which constitute 65 per cent of the total colleges in the country. But the MCI did not even bother to consult us before taking such an important decision.”

MA Khan of Era’s Lucknow Medical College and Hospital added that each private institution has the right to conduct an entrance exam of its own as they were getting not a single penny for running the college.

Asked about the allegations of hefty donations being demanded by the private institutions from the students, Khan called for better competition to ensure that only the best institution survives and students have options to apply. The Association members defended their opposition to the MCI move saying multiple entrance exams provide multiple options to the students.

BS Tomar, chairman of Jaipur-based NIMS University, said even States like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, Maharasthra, Tamil Nadu and others have rejected the move as “a uniform policy relating to selection for MBBS and PG courses throughout the country is completely misfit to the requirements in the different States.”

Keshav Kumar, Chairman, Bareily-based Rohilkhand Medical College and Hospital said, “The common entrance test would benefit only those who have studied under CBSE syllabus while students from rural areas or those who have studied under state boards in Maharashtra and UP Board with different syllabus and medium of instruction like Hindi and Tamil will be at a disadvantageous position.”

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