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NEET relief only for a few students from Maha, say experts

In a press conference in the city on Friday, state education minister Vinod Tawde urged students to continue preparing for the second phase of NEET to be held across the country on July 24

mumbai Updated: May 21, 2016 00:04 IST
Mumbai, India - 20 May. 2016: Education Minister of Maharashtra Mr. Vinod Tawde along with NEET student celebrate by cake cutting at Bal Bhavan,charniroad,regarding NEET exam which was deferred this year for the Maharashtra student in Mumbai, India, on Friday, May 20, 2016. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT)
Mumbai, India - 20 May. 2016: Education Minister of Maharashtra Mr. Vinod Tawde along with NEET student celebrate by cake cutting at Bal Bhavan,charniroad,regarding NEET exam which was deferred this year for the Maharashtra student in Mumbai, India, on Friday, May 20, 2016. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT)

Even as students and parents across the state celebrate the Centre’s move to defer the national eligibility-cum-entrance test (NEET) for admissions to government-run medical and dental institutes by one year, experts said the decision will give relief to only a handful of students.

In a press conference in the city on Friday, state education minister Vinod Tawde urged students to continue preparing for the second phase of NEET to be held across the country on July 24. “Once the MH-CET results are out, admissions to colleges will take time. In the meanwhile, students can keep a back-up plan ready and appear for NEET. This will give them a chance to bag a medical seat in a private and deemed institute, in case they fail to score well in MH-CET,” said Rajesh Jain, coordinator of Parents Association of Medical Students (PAMS).

Of the 1.89 lakh students who appeared for MH-CET, barely 20% (37,800) students qualified for admissions to the 2,500 seats in government medical and dental colleges. This year, more than 2.8 lakh students will compete for 2,810 seats under the state-run medical and dental institutes, leaving lakhs of students with no choice but to take the second phase of NEET to be eligible for the 3,395 seats in private and deemed medical institutes.

“My daughter is expecting very good marks in MH-CET, then why should she go through another entrance examination? I’m thankful to the government for taking into consideration the plight of students,” said Meeta Adhikari, a parent who participated in the protest against NEET.

Ritika Shah, 17, a medical aspirant is happy with the decision. “There has been confusion over the past few weeks. The move has brought things back on track. I hope to score enough in my CET to get a seat in KEM medical college,” she said.

“While some students have been spared this year, next year, they will have to take the test. The government needs to bring in a mechanism which ensures the next batch is well-prepared for the national test,” said Dr Sagar Mundada, state president of Medical Association of Resident Doctors (MARD). He said the state education department should also focus on upgrading Class 11 and 12 syllabus to bring students on a par with other boards.