SC to examine Maha`s plea on Medical CET exemption

Last Updated: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 18:00

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has agreed to
examine Maharashtra`s plea for exemption from the 2012-2013
National Common Entrance Test for Graduate and Postgraduate
Courses of Medicine as according to the State differences in
syllabus and some other changes would pose difficulties for

A bench headed by Justice HL Dattu posted the matter for
hearing tomorrow after senior counsel Shekhar Naphade and
counsel Sanjay Kharde mentioned it before the court.

Maharashtra`s move comes in the wake of Andhra Pradesh
Government`s similar plea for exemption from the maiden all
India test on the ground that the students would find it
difficult to undertake the exam due to differences in syllabus
and language barrier.

As per the new national level common entrance test the
students must take the exam either in English or Hindi and do
not have the advantage of any vernacular language as is the
case with the State level common entrance test.

In a fresh application moved before the apex court,
Maharashtra contended that the course prescribed by MCI and
the National Council of Educational Research and Training
(NCERT) is dissimilar to the syllabus taught in the State
to Class 11th & 12th students.

"As such the new syllabus for common entrance test would
be difficult for them to cope up in such short period of time
gravely prejudicing their rights for being selected in any
good medical college.

"That everyone knows the amount of stress for performing
well in competitive exams, is enormous on students.

Therefore, any such sudden changes will be demoralising for
the students and can cause severe depression and anxiety
problems with unfortunate consequences," the State said.

The State said though it was not against the single
common entrance test, the syllabus prescribed by MCI would
result in grave prejudice to the students of Maharashtra.

Students appearing in May 2012 have already finished the
11th standard portion as per old syllabus and nearly 75 to 80
per cent of 12th standard as per old State Board syllabus.

According to the State asking students to appear for
entrance exams in May 2012 at this stage under a new syllabus
"is highly unfair to them."

"If the common entrance is executed in May 2013 instead
of May 2012, then the students will have a fair notice of 2
years to prepare as well as the teachers will be oriented for
the same," the state said.

Hence it urged the apex court to direct the MCI to exempt
the State from participating in the common entrance to be
conducted from the academic year 2012-13 and instead permit
the State to go ahead with its own MH-CET for the 2012-13
undergraduate courses.

The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for
undergraduates (NEET-UG) for admission to MBBS, Post Graduate
and super speciality courses will be conducted in pursuance of
the Supreme Court directive.

There are 42,000 seats for under graduate medical
courses and 20,600 seats for PG medical courses in the

On July 22, MCI had published a Draft Core Syllabus of
the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for
admission to medical courses throughout the country.

The move is aimed at ensuring a uniform syllabus for the
students across the country who intends to pursue the medical


First Published: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 18:00

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