Hyderabad, November 9: The Andhra Pradesh Government is in no mood to accept the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test – NEET and asking for at least two year relief from it to prepare the students for the same.
As the state Health Minister D.L. Ravindra Reddy gearing up to challenge the NEET in Supreme Court by filing a special leave petition, Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy wrote a letter to Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad seeking two year exception for AP from the NEET.
Medical Council of India has made NEET a mandatory entrance test at National for the admission in to MBBS and other PG Courses across the country to bring the uniformity in the medical education.
The state government is arguing that the exemption would facilitate the State to make the necessary changes in the curriculum for Intermediate Course from the Academic Year 2012-13 and arrange revision of the text books and also give sufficient time for the students to prepare properly for the NEET in 2014.
“The curriculum of the State Board may have to be revised as necessary after the curriculum for the test is finally notified by the GoI. The text books prescribed will also need to be got revised and printed in English and Telugu and made available to the students in time from the next academic year, i.e. by July, 2012,” Andhra Pradesh Government said in its letter to Azad.
Presently, in AP, the students are following the State curriculum for state level entrance test EAMCET and the test ranking is based on 25% weightage to the marks secured in Intermediate examination and 75% weightage to the marks in EAMCET. This makes the students to concentrate on Intermediate course apart from preparation for entrance test.. The batch of students joining in the year 2012-13 would complete the Intermediate Course by April, 2014 and it would be appropriate for them to appear for the NEET in 2014 as they would have studied Intermediate Course as per revised curriculum.
At present the question papers for the EAMCET examinations are printed in Telugu and English. I understand that in the proposed NEET, the question papers would be in English and Hindi. The vast majority of the students of the State who study Intermediate in Telugu medium would be subjected to a severe handicap, if they do not have the benefit of the question paper in Telugu.
It is not out of place to mention here that our State is not participating in the Central pool in which 15% of Undergraduate seats and 50% of Post Graduate seats are earmarked for students of the other States. As a result, for a vast majority of the students the choice is limited to Medical Colleges in the State only. A number of meritorious students from the state do qualify for the institutions like AIIMS, JIPMER, etc. These institutions will continue to have their separate entrance tests. Therefore, there may not be much relief in terms of reduction in number of entrance tests the students of AP have to take.
Considering all these factors which have a close bearing on the students and their preparations for and performance in the examinations, it would be appropriate for the GoI to exempt the State of Andhra Pradesh from the proposed NEET for the next two years, the state government said. This would facilitate the State to make necessary changes in the curriculum for Intermediate Course from the academic year 2012-2013, arrange revision of the text books and also give sufficient time for the students to prepare properly for the NEET in 2014, it said.
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