The Maharashtra government will continue with its MH-CET examination that is scheduled for May 5.
State education minister Vinod Tawde announced this in the Legislative Council on Tuesday.
Tawde was clarifying the stand of the government in the backdrop of the Supreme Court decision on National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).
“Preparations for the MH-CET are already being made and, thus, the government has decided to conduct the exams according to the declared schedule,” Tawde said.
He also assured the Upper House that the curriculum for the 12th standard will be upgraded on a par with the CBSE and ICSE curricula so that Maharashtra students don’t have to suffer while appearing for the NEET.
The Supreme Court’s decision on bringing back NEET has invited mixed reactions.
Parents and students have praised the decision, as it takes away the right of medical colleges and other institutes to make their own rules and regulations for admissions.
“The decision is keeping in mind the interests of students and we appreciate the move. But what needs to be ensured is that the same should not be implemented immediately as students have already prepared for the MH-CET examinations, based on their HSC syllabus. Now, to expect them to start from scratch is unfair,” said a senior official with the education department.
In his statement to the media on Tuesday, minister Tawde said his request to the review committee would be to hold NEET from next year and let the state governments continue with their Common Entrance Tests (CETs) for this year.