Minister: NEET exams resulted in ensuring better standards in medical courses
Minister of State Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey stated that NEET exams has resulted in ensuring better standards of medical education, thereby curbing malpractices in medical admission across the country. The minister expressed his perception in written statement by presenting in Rajya Sabha on 28th March 2018, National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) which is held as entrance examination for admission to medical courses led to greater transparency and reduced the burden on prospective students of appearing in multiple entrance exams.
The minister also formally stated in the upper house “Section 10D of Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 prescribes conducting of a uniform entrance examination namely National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to all medical educational institutions at undergraduate and post-graduate level,”
He also stated that the NEET examination which was introduced from the academic year 2016-17, was successfully conducted in 2017 and the same trend is expected in the current year 2018 and so on. He commented in the parliament – “The provision of the IMC Act, 1956 for conducting NEET apply across the country without any exemption to any State”.
He also said that the amendments in the Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 1997 and Post Graduate Medical Regulations, 2000 had made it possible for the transparency in the admission and merit process of NEET. These amendments also turned the NEET exam to be a common counselling platform for the students who would be seeking admissions to various medical courses across the country.
The minister told last week that there are 437 vacant MBBS seats for the academic year 2017-18. The minister also said that, it is not permissible to fill up the vacant seats from NEET qualifiers before NEET 2018, because the process of admission to the medical courses through a common counselling is to be completed in accordance with the statutory time schedule which provides that no admission in the MBBS course is allowed after August 31.
There have been lots of controversies rotating around the NEET examination over the past few years. Those included decisions on setting upper age limit, setting difficult questions for students opting vernacular languages, and more.
The NEET UG 2018 exam is scheduled to be conducted on May 06, 2018. Students clearing this exam will be able to get admissions to the MBBS and BDS courses across the various medical and dental colleges in India.
The paper will be available in 11 languages this year. Those will include Hindi, English, Urdu, Gujarati, Marathi, Odiya, Bengali, Assamese, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada.