AP to revise syllabus to prepare students for NEET

The AP government has decided to revise the intermediate course syllabus from the next academic year.

Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh government
has decided to revise the intermediate course syllabus from
the next academic year, to prepare medical aspirants for the
National Eligibility cum Entrance Examination (NEET) for all
the MBBS and undergraduate programmes in medical colleges
across India.

State School Education Minister K Pardhasaradhi told
this to reporters here on Saturday.

The Minister said that a decision to revise the
syllabus of the intermediate courses for the NEET would come
into implementation in the state from the next academic year.

Pardhasaradhi said that since the existing
intermediate course syllabus was not up to the standards for
the NEET exam, the state government has written to the Union
Health Ministry, seeking exemption from the NEET at least for
the next two years.

The order on the exemption is expected over the next
few days, he added.

NEET would be conducted by the Central Board of
Secondary Education (CBSE) in April-May 2012, under the
auspices of Medical Council of India (MCI). However, Andhra
Pradesh government, like a few other states, had informed the
Centre that students would require more time to switch to the
new system and get acquainted with syllabus prescribed by the

The Minister said that in order to improve the
educational standards, the government would be recruiting
teachers on a large scale.

"To improve the academic standards at the intermediate
level, we have decided to set up a training institute for the
college lecturers at an investment of Rs 15 crore," Pardhasaradhi said.

"In the last academic year, 50,000 teachers were
recruited, while this year, another 30,000 teachers are being
recruited. Once the recruitment process of the teachers is
over, the student-teacher ratio will be improved,"
Pardhasarathi said.


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