Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister
Prithviraj Chavan has asked the Centre to exempt the state
from the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) (under-
graduate) for the year 2012 owing to the difference between
the CBSE syllabus and that of the state board.
The NEET will be held in May next year for under-graduate
and post-graduate medical admission. As per a new Government
of India (GoI) regulation, there will be a common NEET for the
medical students from all over the country.
In a letter to the Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi
Azad, Chavan said the syllabus recently declared for NEET 2012
by the CBSE is different from the syllabus of the Maharashtra
He felt it was too late to inform the new syllabus to
the students concerned and ask them to prepare for the test.
Chavan told the union minister that medical admissions
in the state are carried out on the basis of state-level
common entrance test, which is conducted in Marathi, English
NEET 2012 will be conducted in English and Hindi only.
This will cause "injustice" to the students appearing for the
12th standard examinations in Urdu and Marathi from
Maharashtra, the chief minister said.
Chavan said that as per the approval of the Supreme
Court, the Centre is directing the Medical Council of India
(MCI) to conduct the NEET (UG) and NEET (PG). As per the
information from the MCI, NEET (UG) is to be conducted in 2012
and NEET (PG) from 2013.
"So, there is a disparity in implementation of these
two examinations. The judgement does not mention the date of
implementation. It appears that Government of India is
deciding the date of implementations. Instead of conducting
the NEET (UG) in 2012 and NEET (PG) in 2013, both examinations
should be conducted from 2013," he said.