Parents, students upset with ordinance

  • HT Correspondent
  • Updated: May 25, 2016 06:46 IST

MUMBAI: As the state government celebrates President Pranab Mukherjee’s nod to the ordinance on National Eligibilitycum-Entrance Test (NEET), some parents and medical aspirants are unhappy with the development.

The ordinance signed by the President states that the scores of state-based Common Entrance Tests (CETs) will be applicable only for admissions to government-run medical and dental colleges for the current academic year, while the NEET scores will be considered for those seeking admission to private institutes. As a result, lakhs of students will have to take the NEET Phase 2 exam on July 24.

“This i s not what chief minister Devendra Fadnavis or state education minister Vinod Tawde promised us. What is the point of having only government college admissions on the basis of MH-CET scores when only 2,800 seats are available under t his cate gory?” said Ruiee Kapoor, a parent.

“We will continue with our agitation. The state government should have put across a much stronger case in their review petition and ensured our children don’t suffer,” she said, adding that parents will try to meet CM Fadnavis on Wednesday.

Medical aspirants will have to study a new portion in two months for the NEET Phase 2. “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.

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