After protests by students opposed to the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), resident doctors have come out in support of the students. The Medical Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) has forwarded a petition to the Central government and Prime Minister, seeking a common curriculum for all students, who will appear for the second phase of NEET examination on July 24.
“We request the Central government to make provisions for a basic common syllabus, which can be an amalgamation of state board and central board syllabus in order to make this a level playing field for lakhs of students across the country,” said Dr Sagar Mundada, state president of MARD.
He said by bringing into place a common syllabus, students will be relieved to know their hard work preparing for the entrance test is of some use, and they will only have to cover some bit of the syllabus that has not been taught by their board already. “This way, nobody will be at a disadvantage,” he said.
The Supreme Court has nullified state entrance tests for medical seats and has made NEET the only exam for admission to medical institutes for MBBS and BDS aspirants. “While the state government has filed another review petition seeking exemption for state students who have already appeared for the MH-CET as well as for clarity on NEET in regional languages, we request students to continue preparing for NEET and not waste any further time,” said a senior education official.
While the government has promised to broadcast NEET lessons on national television for the benefit of students across the state, city education institutes are doing their bit to help students.
“We will also conduct classes for free for students who cannot afford coaching, so that they don’t get left behind just because of a lack of funds,” said Vijay Joshi, principal of KJ Somaiya College, Vidya Vihar. These classes will begin on Monday.