Though the results for the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) were already declared on June 5, the delay in the pre-admission counselling is making medical aspirants nervous.
Another anxiety-inducing factor is the pending Supreme Court verdict on the fate of the NEET. Private medical colleges, which conduct their own tests, have challenged the Medical Council of India’s decision to conduct NEET UG, but as Bengal’s director of medical education Sushanta Banerjee puts it, this is unlikely to affect Bengal. Still, parents are students alike are beginning to feel the stress.
“My first preference is medical, even though I have cracked the WBJEE. I told my parents and they’ve been very supportive. But this delay is making us all very nervous. Now, with the case pending with Supreme Court, we’re wondering if it’ll work out at all,” said an apprehensive Harsh Anand Singh, who was among the state CBSE toppers this year.
“There’s no need to panic,” says Sushanta, adding, “There is hardly any delay and the counselling is likely to begin on July 15, tentatively.”
Principal of RG Kar Medical College and Hospital Parthajit Banerjee said, “Counselling for postgraduate courses will begin on June 24. Previously, when we used to conduct the counselling, there was no problem. This is the first time all the counselling will be announced by the MCI and till that happens we will just have to wait. We expect that it will take place around the first or second week of July.”
However, not all are losing hope. Sukanya Bhattacharya, a medical aspirant, is confident that the problem will be sorted out. Sukanya took a year off after school to study for the NEET and has passed with a rank respectable enough to get her into a reputed Bengal medical college.
“It’s true that the first round of counselling is usually over by now but we’ve already been asked to submit our challans and papers between June 24 and July 10. I’m sure the first round of counselling will begin shortly after that. Even if the second round is slightly delayed, I believe those determined to join the college of their choice will go for it regardless,” she says.
When the counselling dates are finally out, students will be able to access the information on the websites of the ministry of health and family welfare, medical education directorates of states, armed forces medical college and relevant institutions and universities. Students need to keep NEET-UG 2013 scorecard, Class 10 and 12 marksheets, rural weightage certificate, domicile and category reservation certificates and NEET-UG 2013 admit card with themselves.
Since the number of medical college seats in the country is lower than engineering colleges, many students who cracked both exams are thinking of opting for the latter. However, for those who are determined to study medicine, it’s hopefully just a matter of a few more days before they can be on their way to become young, enthusiastic doctors.