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Single PG medical entrance in 2013

February 3, 2012

The (NBE) has agreed to conduct the proposed single common medical entrance test for entry into postgraduate streams from 2013.

The annual convocation of the NBE, which conducts postgraduate and postdoctoral examinations in 54 disciplines approved by the Board for the award of Diplomate of National Board, was held on Wednesday.

Chairperson of the Board Dr K Srinath Reddy said the NBE has taken a decision to hold the National Entrance-cum- Eligibility Test (NEET) for PG medical streams from the next year, as requested by the Ministry of Health.

The decision was taken at the meeting of the governing body of the Board held here yesterday after AIIMS backed out saying it could not handle the load of holding PG entrance tests for the entire country. Following this, the Health Ministry asked the NBE to do the needful.

While agreeing to discharge the responsibility in “public interest”, the Board has made it clear that they want freedom and flexibility to hold the proposed examination.

“We need freedom and control over the proposed test. We will write to the ministry for clarity in this regard because we are not a subordinate body and we have a clean history of conducting examinations for the past over 30 years. Never has any finger been pointed at us for leakages or any discrepancies in conduct of the exams,” Dr Reddy told The Tribune.

Although the original responsibility of holding the proposed NEET-PG was of the MCI, which was supposed to conduct it in 2012, the MCI failed to muster the resources. Even AIIMS said it could not help here.

“We cannot have a system where the MCI exercises control over the question bank part of the exam and we simply act as the exam-conducting body. So while we have agreed in principle to hold the test next year, we will ask the ministry to clarify the nature of arrangement of the test and its conduct; the legal instrument whereby the MCI will delegate its powers to us and the resources to be allocated to us for the purpose,” NBE officials said.

Both NEET-PG and NEET-UG for medical seats were to be conducted by the MCI in 2012 but the MCI and the Health Ministry sought more time in the matter saying they were not prepared. The matter is being heard in the Supreme Court where the Government has promised to conduct both the single entrance PG and UG medical entrance tests from 2013.

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