December 19, 2011

Approve MBBS syllabus at earliest: CBSE to Min

Even as the Union Health Ministry deliberates on the fate of the All-India Common Entrance Test (CET) for MBBS courses, the CBSE has asked it to approve the syllabus at the earliest so that it can finalise prospectus etc for the examination scheduled for May 13, 2012.

The CBSE is entrusted with conducting the test for the largest entrance test for CET which is also known as National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for undergraduates (NEET-UG). The course which has been prepared and released by the Medical Council of India (MCI), however, still awaits nod from the Health Ministry in view of severe opposition from some states like Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. These states have cited difficulty in holding the examination from 2012.

Racing against time as only five months are left for the CET for admission to all medical colleges across the country, the CBSE has shot off a letter to the Health Ministry saying that timing is crucial as it involves the fate of the lakhs of students.

“The Ministry needs to notify the NEET-UG at the earliest so that we can prepare the prospectus and other logistics accordingly. What if they seek last minute changes in the course. We cannot give wrong information in the prospectus?” said sources in the CBSE.

CBSE was zeroed in for conducting tests as it has the experience of conducing the largest entrance test in India - AIEEE for engineering entrance which close to 11 lakh students take every year.

The CET, since its announcement last year has been mired in the controversy with the MCI and the Health Ministry at loggerheads over its implementation. While the MCI claims the CET with one test for UG medical admissions would avoid stress to students, the Ministry has remained undecided about it citing opposition from the states.

Presently, lakh of students, sit for different tests, including the All India PMT which the CBSE conducts and various state-level medical entrance tests in over 300 colleges including 180 in private sector.

A common test will check private colleges from charging exorbitant sums for admitting students, says the MCI. One test will ensure quality students entering medical education because states would be obliged to fill seats in their respective jurisdictions with students who figure in the All-India merit list. They would be free to prefer students from their areas but they won’t be able to compromise on merit, says the medical education regulator.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi

Will the govt or the respective ministry take appropriate decision at earliest. So that the Aspirants are not put to mental Torture due to the ambiguity.
This confusion and ambiguity will also lead to unscrupulus elements taking advantage while redifining the GO's for admission with loop holes.
If APEX court had also given a clear cut directions on how to go ahead it would have been helpfull.

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