In an attempt to calm the nerves of lakhs of MBBS and BDS aspirants in the state who now have no option but to appear for the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), Maharashtra education minister Vinod Tawde said he will meet the President to find out if an ordinance can be passed to overturn the Supreme Court order that makes NEET compulsory for students.
NEET was conducted for the first time in May 2013, before the Supreme Court scrapped it in July that year.
In May the following year, Maharashtra conducted its MH-CET (Common Entrance Test) based on the CBSE syllabus, and the year after that, in the state board syllabus.
In April 2016, however, weeks before the NEET exam, the Apex Court recalled its decision and said NEET should be implemented across the country (see box).
The exam will be held in two phases. The first one was held on May 1. The state plans to start coaching sessions on television and online for students who will attempt the second exam on July 24.
“The classes will be telecasted daily on Doordarshan, YouTube, and a specially designed website so that students across the state can be reached. We are also trying to design a mobile application that can be downloaded by students for their perusal,” said Tawde, at a press conference held in the city on Saturday.
He said these classes will begin on television from May 19. Tawde said he will also meet officials from other states to find a solution .
Talking about reports of whether the central government can bring about an ordinance to defer NEET examination for another year, he said, “I’m personally going to meet the President to see if there’s a possibility to defer the examination.”
The government is also working on a project to create virtual classrooms to train students for NEET . “BMC schools have followed this process to reach out to students in various corners of the state, so we will try to implement a similar method for students preparing for the second phase of NEET,” added Tawde.