A day after the Supreme Court released a judgment making the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) compulsory for all graduate medical and dental course aspirants, the state said that it is planning to file a review petition in the court, asking for the examination to be made available in languages other than English and Hindi.
Officials in the state education department said that while the government hasn’t decided whether to seek further review on the SC verdict, they want the examination to be offered in regional languages.
“Many students have told us about their fear of having to take the exam in English or Hindi. In MH-CET, they could take the exam in Marathi as well. We are putting together a petition requesting the SC to make the NEET exam available in other vernacular languages as well,” said a senior official from the state education department.
Students were confused with the Monday order. Nuhi Yasin Jalal from CHM College in Ulhasnagar said, “We have been preparing for CET the entire year and this sudden change will be very difficult for the HSC students. How does the court expect us to study two years’ worth of CBSE syllabus in two months? This judgment has been unfair.”
Sanket Pawar, a student from SK Somaiya College in Vidyavihar felt the judgment has come in too late in the day, therefore leaving students in more anxiety. “Had they taken a decision on this at least a year in advance, we wouldn’t have complained. There are many students who have taken a year out from academics only to reappear for CET, what about them?” he asked, echoing the opinions of several other students who felt NEET should have been made applicable from the next academic year. For a group of students who had filed a separate intervention in SC for exempting the 2016 batch, the decision has crushed many hopes. “We welcome NEET but the plea was that students, who have studied the state board syllabus for the entire year, get some exemption. Till the judgment was released on Monday, students were quite hopeful. They are now dejected,” said Rajesh Jain, coordinator of Parents Association of Medical Students, Maharashtra.