March 18, 2011

CET for medical courses unlikely from this session

Proposed by the Medical Council of India (MCI), the Common Entrance Test (CET) for undergraduate and post-graduate medical courses may not be started from this session.

Although officials of the Union Health Ministry and the Medical Council of India (MCI) met on Thursday to resolve their differences on the CET, sources said “it will not be feasible to start CET from this year”. Now the ministry and the MCI might file a “joint affidavit in the court saying the process of consultation with the states is still on, so they may not be in a position to start CET this year”.

According to officials in the Health Ministry, many states have announced their medical entrance tests. “We are already in March; there has to be a uniform syllabus if we want to go ahead with the CET,” officials said.

Sources said the matter would again be discussed with the Health Secretary on Monday, but there was little possibility of going ahead with the CET without Tamil Nadu, the state with the maximum number of private medical colleges.

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