Times Of India
NEET rankers fume over Kolkata domicile norm
TNN | Jun 17, 2018
KOLKATA: Aspiring medical candidates from Bengal holding valid NEET ranks have been left heartbroken with the state’s decision to tweak the pre- and post-counselling norms. This will allow medical rank holders from other states to find seats in the limited number of medical colleges here.
Candidates who have qualified in NEET this year have to fill up either of the two proforma forms — domicile A or B — to register themselves for medical counselling. While domicile A is for candidates who have been in Bengal for the last 10 years, domicile B is for those who have been outside the state for the last 10 years but have at least one parent who has a permanent address in Bengal.
“If a student has Aadhaar card with address of a different state, he would have been considered the domicile of that state during admissions. But now, if the student’s parent is a permanent resident of Bengal then he will be able to fill up forms in both Bengal and the other state. This will reduce chances of students from Bengal finding seats here,” said former SSKM teacher Amiya Maity.
“The same policy is being implemented for admissions to engineering courses. Why are questions being raised on the medical counselling process?” asked director of medical education Debashis Bhattacharyya.
Govt policy is to oppose Neet: TN health min
DECCAN CHRONICLE. Jun 15, 2018
Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government will continue to oppose National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (Neet) as a matter of policy and also through legal means, health minister Dr C. Vijayabaskar informed the Assembly.
“The government has been consistent in opposing Neet for admission to medical and post graduate medical courses…. based on the directives of Supreme Court (Aug. 22, 2017) the admission to MBBS and BDS courses were made based on Neet marks adopting existing rules of reservation in Tamil Nadu. The government will continue to oppose Neet as a matter of policy and also through legal means,” a policy note on health and family welfare tabled in the Assembly on Thursday by the minister said.
Later initiating a debate on the issue, DMK legislator Senthil Kumar claimed that the examination was a setback to the poor and rural students who could not make it to medical colleges. He sought to know if Neet was meant only for the elite in society.
Responding, Vijayabaskar said there was no deviation in the State’s policy on opposing Neet. Tamil Nadu has to comply with the court’s directive and infact the test had enabled many aspirants from the State to make it medical colleges.
Endorsing him, school education minister K. A. Sengottaiyan said, despite paucity of time, the government managed to organise coaching for the government school students who too had performed well in Neet.
CM wants NEET scrapped
PUDUCHERRY, JUNE 11, 2018
JUNE 11, 2018
Claims it has become a burden for the underprivileged students
Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy has urged the Union government to scrap the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, he said clearing NEET had become a burden for the underprivileged students. The examination should be scrapped as students studying in rural areas could not compete with their counterparts in urban centres, he said.
Rising suicide cases
Two students who failed to clear the examination in Tamil Nadu committed suicide this year.
Similar incidents were reported from other parts of the country, he added.
The Puducherry government had fully endorsed the stand taken by the working president of DMK, M.K. Stalin on filing a petition in the Supreme Court by the non-BJP ruled States against NEET, the Chief Minister said.
On admission to medical colleges here, the Chief Minister said since the Centralised Admission Committee started the admission process on June 7, as many as 753 students applied from Puducherry and 1,183 students from other regions.
Mr. Narayanasamy said he was confident of getting an early clearance from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs for presenting a full budget. “I am hopeful of getting approval next week,” he said.
Refuting allegation that the police had gone slow in nabbing culprits in the ATM fraud case, the Chief Minister said 10 persons involved in the case were apprehended.
The main accused, Chandruji, would be caught soon and only after his arrest would the ramifications of the fraud be known, he said.
OBC student ranks 13 in NEET, makes Bengal proud 5 Jun 2018
Kolkata: Bengali medium students from the state who appeared in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), have performed very poorly as there were several mistakes and discrepancies in the Bengali translation of the NEET question paper. Ritwik Kumar Sahoo, who had appeared in the examination with English as the medium of language from the state, managed to secure an all India rank of 13. Sahoo, a resident of Parbatipur under Tomluk Municipality in East Midnapore, achieved a standout performance in the examination and topped the list of candidates appearing for the exam from the state in English.
NEET is the national level medical entrance examination, the result of which was published by the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) on Monday. Sadly, the overall performance of the Bengali medium students in the state is dismal, with 99 percent of candidates failing to get their desired results. This is allegedly because of the question paper fiasco that took place in the state.
A section of the students have alleged that there were 180 mistakes in the Bengali translation of the NEET question paper this year. A writ petition was filed at the Calcutta High Court by a medical aspirant, following which the court asked the central board to reserve a medical seat for the petitioner. The Calcutta High Court has also sought a clarification from the Centre, on how there were so many mistakes in the Bengali translation of the NEET question paper.
It is, however, a proud moment for Sahoo, who has obtained 676 marks out of a total of 720, securing a 99.99 percentile. He had appeared for both the Madhyamik and the Higher Secondary examinations from Tamluk Hamilton High School. He had got 95.85 percent marks in Madhyamik. He had opted for English as the medium of the examination. Sahoo obtained 161 marks in Physics out of a total of 180. He received 175 out of 180 in Chemistry and 340 out of 360 in Biology. Sahoo, an OBC category candidate, had a dream of becoming a doctor from his early childhood. His father Bidyut Kumar Sahoo, the headmaster of a school in the district, also inspired him to achieve his goal. When contacted, Sahoo said that he had undergone extensive training sessions under the guidance of Dr A K Maity, a city based medical trainer, to help him achieve his aim. “It is an extremely proud moment for me. I owe a lot to Dr Maity, whose educational material have helped me to crack the national level medical entrance examination. I want to become a doctor so that I can serve the patients in villages,” Sahoo said.
Lost in translation: Dismal score of NEET students writing in Bengali
Somdatta Basu| TNN | Jun 5, 2018,
KOLKATA: The number of candidates who took the NEET exam in Bengali in 2018 dropped than those last year, but the percentage of those qualifying remained dismally same at 3.02%.
Language was the biggest hurdle, said students and teachers alike. Hundreds of examinees faced difficulty understanding several questions, the English-Bengali translation of many of which ostensibly made no sense. Failing to understand the language, the candidates had to skip answering multiple questions and lost out on valuable marks, students said. The performance could have been better had the questions been translated properly, felt teachers and students. While 34,417 wrote NEET in Bengali last year, the figure dropped to 27,437 this year. Teachers felt the fiasco over language would bring down the number of candidates even further. CBSE, which conducts NEET, tried to “justify” the errors by saying many science terminologies could not be found in Bengali dictionary.
Akash Ahmed, who wrote the all-India medical entrance exam in Bengali year and secured 419th rank, rued he could answer only 30% of the questions in biology. “I knew the answers to most questions but I lost valuable time trying to figure out what the questions said. Many of them made no sense. I believe I had to skip at least 100 marks across the physics, chemistry and biology papers only because it took me a long time to get around the translation. This is unfair,” said Akash, who has given up on his hope of getting through a state-run college. Another student who scored 397 said he could answer only 12 out of the 45 questions in physics. “Not a single question made sense. We had to stop and analyze them to filter out the mistakes. The terminologies were wrongly used,” he said.
At least 50% questions were wrongly translated, said Amiya Maity, a former SSKM Hospital doctor who runs a NEET coaching centre. “There were as many as 49 errors in the biology paper, apart from 20-25 wrong translations in physics and chemistry papers each. It cost candidates valuable time to understand the questions in the first place. Every extra minute they put in on one question cost them the chance of answering another one. Most of the candidates writing the exam in Bengali were from the districts and villages for whom, it was difficult to get around the errors. Had the errors not been there, many more could have qualified and scored over 450 and got through state colleges,” said Maity. “Those who took the exam in English have done well. But only a few of those who wrote in Bengali will make it to government colleges. It will be difficult for them to get into private colleges, which are often prohibitively expensive.”
Overall, Bengal students fared well though the number of candidates in the top 100 dropped, said Sunil Agarwal of Akash Institute. “At least 18 students from our institute have come in the top 1000. Those taking the test in Bengali faced difficulty. But the results keep differing from year to year and this time, it hasn’t been too bad,” he said.
Calcutta HC reprimands Centre, CBSE over NEET Bengali paper fiasco 30 May 2018
Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court has reprimanded the Centre and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for the huge number of mistakes in the Bengali translation of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) question paper this year.
The court asked the Centre to reserve a seat for the medical aspirant who moved the petition in the court.
NEET is the national level single medical entrance test conducted by the CBSE throughout the state. There was a hue and cry across the state after thousands of medical aspirants appearing for the examination in Bengali faced difficulties as most the paper translated in Bengali were full of errors.
In a major development, the Calcutta High Court has instructed the Centre and CBSE to reserve a seat for Apala Debnath who moved a Writ petition seeking its intervention. The errors in the question paper were also brought to the notice of the court.
After listening to the plea, the Calcutta High Court also sought clarification from the CBSE in connection with the errors.
The development took place after a writ petition was filed in the Calcutta High Court pointing out the errors in the Bengali translation of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) question paper. Apala Debnath, filed the petition.
The petitioner pointed out that there were as many as 180 mistakes in 180 questions in the Bengali version of the NEET question paper.
The medical aspirants, who appeared for the examination with Bengali as the medium, could not attend the question paper as it was full of errors and ambiguity. In many questions, the translation was incomplete.
Md Alauddin Mandal, a lawyer who helped Apala move the Writ petition in the court said: “The CBSE should conduct a reexamination or give grace marks to the candidates who faced inconvenience due to the question paper mistakes. Neither the Centre nor the CBSE has taken any initiatives in this regard, even after Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote to the Union Human Resources Development Ministry urging them for a re-examination.”
Some city doctors also wrote to the Prime Minister and Union health minister seeking their intervention in this regard. http://www.millenniumpost.in/kolkata/calcutta-hc-reprimands-centre-cbse-over-neet-bengali-paper-fiasco-302145
5.05.2018 Sl. No.27(VB) Srimanta/BM – WP 7013 (W) of 2018 Apala Debnath Vs. Union of India & Ors. Mr. Md. Alauddin Mandal … for the petitioner Mr. Vipul Kundalia … For the respondent nos.1, 5 & 6 The writ petition has been moved on service on the Union of India. The affidavit of service shall be kept on record. The writ petitioner shall once again serve the respondent no.2. There shall be an interim order directing the respondent no.2 to file a report as to why the question papers printed in English as also one of the officially recognised languages under the Constitution of India (Bengali) contained so many errors (according to the writ petitioner 180) such that for any person appearing for the paper who wanted to write it in Bengali, without knowing English, it would be impossible to know the correct question. If the intention of the authorities was that only people who knew English well would be eligible to appear for the examination they could have simply made a provision that someone who did not know English, a foreign language which is however, one of our official languages, need not apply. Having erroneous questions in the vernacular while having correct question in English, while the objective of the Union of India remains and rightly remains the advancement of Indian languages, including Hindi and Bengali, which are officially recognized 2 languages, cannot be held to further such objective. Therefore, to ensure that people who write the paper in Bengali are not discriminated against by errors in the Bengali version such report must be filed within seven days from the date of reopening after the summer vacation provided that copy of this order is served to the respondent no.2 during course of Monday id est May 28, 2018. The writ petitioner is granted liberty to file a supplementary affidavit wherein he may indicate which prayers he wants to abandon and what other prayers he wants to add, and also the pleadings in support of the same.. The result may be published but one post/position shall be kept open by the concerned respondent including for counselling for the writ petitioner subject to her succeeding in the writ petition. I make it clear that this shall not be a blanket ban against publication of result. The Matter will appear before the appropriate Bench after vacation. Any supplementary affidavit will be served on the respondent no.1 Union of India and on all the non-appearing respondents. Further copies of the writ petition will be served on all non-appearing respondents. All observations made here are prima facie and the regular Bench, it is obvious, will not be bound by it at the time of hearing the matter. (Protik Prakash Banerjee, J. )
নিটে বাংলার পরীক্ষার্থীদের গ্রেস দেওয়ার দাবিতে
প্রধানমন্ত্রীকে চিঠি ছাত্র–অভিভাবকদের
কলকাতা, 21 মে ২০১৮ বিশ্বজিৎ দাস, কলকাতা: মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায় ইতিমধ্যেই কেন্দ্রীয় মানবসম্পদ উন্নয়নমন্ত্রী প্রকাশ জাভরেকরকে চিঠি লিখে এবারের নিটে বাংলা মাধ্যমের ছাত্রছাত্রীদের সঙ্গে হওয়া বঞ্চনার কথা ক্ষোভের সঙ্গে তুলে ধরেছেন। এবার আরও চাপ বাড়ল ছাত্রছাত্রী ও অভিভাবক-অভিভাবিকাদের একাংশের চিঠিতে। খোদ প্রধানমন্ত্রী নরেন্দ্র মোদিকে চিঠি পাঠিয়ে নিট দেওয়া ছাত্রছাত্রী-অভিভাবক-শিক্ষকদের একাংশ বাংলা মাধ্যমের ছেলেমেয়েদের ৩৬০ নম্বর গ্রেস দেওয়ার দাবি তুলল। ১৬ মে নয়াদিল্লির সাউথ ব্লকে পাঠিয়ে দেওয়া হয়েছে সেই চিঠি। প্রতিলিপি পাঠানো হয়েছে বাংলা সহ দেশের প্রতিটি রাজ্যের মুখ্যমন্ত্রীকে। এছাড়া কেন্দ্রীয় স্বাস্থ্যমন্ত্রী জে পি নাড্ডা, কেন্দ্রীয় স্বাস্থ্য প্রতিমন্ত্রী অনুপ্রিয়া প্যাটেল, এমসিআই শীর্ষ কর্ত্রী ডাঃ জয়শ্রীবেন মেহতা প্রমুখ পদাধিকারীদের কাছেও পাঠানো হয়েছে এই চিঠি।
তিনটি বিষয় মিলিয়ে ৬ মে হওয়া ৭২০ নম্বরের পরীক্ষায় অর্ধেক বা ৩৬০ নম্বরই কেন গ্রেস মার্কস হিসেবে চাওয়া হল? চিঠিতেই তার ব্যাখ্যা দিয়েছেন প্রেরকরা। তাঁরা প্রধানমন্ত্রীকে জানিয়েছেন, এবারের নিট পরীক্ষায় বাংলা প্রশ্নপত্রে ১৮০টির মধ্যে ৯০টি প্রশ্নে ১৮১টি ভুল ছিল। অর্ধেক প্রশ্নই ভুল, দ্ব্যর্থক ও অসম্পূর্ণ কথাবার্তায় ভরা। তাই গ্রেসও চাওয়া হয়েছে অর্ধেক নম্বর।
শুধু চিঠিই নয়, কীভাবে এবারের নিটে বাংলা প্রশ্নপত্রে দিস্তে দিস্তে ভুল করে বেআইনি কাজ করেছে সিবিএসই, তা বোঝাতে এর সঙ্গে ২০১৮ নিট-এর টেকস্ট বুকলেট, ইন্ডিয়ান মেডিক্যাল কাউন্সিল অ্যামেন্ডমেন্ট অ্যাক্ট ২০১৬, পুনের আর্মড ফোর্স মেডিক্যাল কলেজ কীভাবে নিট পাশ ছেলেমেয়েদের জন্য স্বতন্ত্র পরীক্ষার আয়োজন করেছে, ২০১৮ সালের নিটের সেই ইনফরমেশন বুলেটিন ইত্যাদি আনুষঙ্গিক কাগজপত্রও পাঠিয়েছেন ছাত্র-অভিভাবক-শিক্ষকরা। চিঠি পাঠিয়েছেন এবারের নিটে বাংলা মাধ্যমে প্রশ্নপত্রে পরীক্ষা দেওয়া ছাত্র সুশান্ত প্রামাণিক, ছাত্রী অপরাজিতা সামন্ত, অভিভাবক অশোক অধিকারী সহ ১০ জন। অপরাজিতার সাফ কথা, গত বছর যা হয়েছিল, এবার তার থেকে অনেক বাড়াবাড়ি হয়েছে। হলফ করে বলতে পারি নিটের মতো সর্বভারতীয় পরীক্ষা এরপর থেকে বাংলায় দেওয়ার আগে অন্তত দশবার ভাববে ছেলেমেয়েরা।
বাংলার পরীক্ষার্থীদের জন্য গ্রেস নম্বরের দাবি জানানোর পাশাপাশি প্রধানমন্ত্রীর কাছে বিকল্প দাবিও রেখেছেন প্রেরকরা। কী সেই দাবি? সূত্রের খবর, তাতে বলা হয়েছে, হয় বাংলা ভাষার পরীক্ষার্থীদের জন্য ৩৬০ নম্বর গ্রেস দেওয়া হোক, নয়ত, সিবিএসই বোর্ডকে ফের নিটের আয়োজন করতে বলুন প্রধানমন্ত্রী। অথবা খারাপ প্রশ্নপত্রের ড্যামেজ কন্ট্রোলে বাংলাকে অন্তত নিট পাশ ছেলেমেয়েদের রাজ্যের ৮৫ শতাংশ স্টেট কোটার মেডিক্যাল আসনে ভর্তির জন্য আলাদা পরীক্ষার আয়োজন করার সুযোগ দিন।
কিন্তু, গত বছরও তো ইংরেজি ও হিন্দির তুলনায় বাংলা, তামিল প্রভৃতি আঞ্চলিক ভাষার প্রশ্নপত্রে প্রচুর ভুল থাকার পর চিঠির পর চিঠি গিয়েছিল ছোট-বড়-মাঝারি সব মহলেই। কিন্তু, তাতে লাভের লাভ কী হল? ছেলেমেয়েরা কি বিচার পেয়েছিলেন? তাঁদের কেরিয়ারের একটি গুরুত্বপূর্ণ বছর নষ্ট হওয়ার গুনাগার কেউ দিল কি? এসব অপ্রিয় প্রশ্ন আজও শোনা যায়। তাই, কেন্দ্র কোনও কথাই না শুনলে আদালতের দ্বারস্থ হব আমরা। জানালেন এক অভিভাবক। ছেলেমেয়েদের ভবিষ্যৎ তো আর কারও হাতের মোয়া নয়, যা খুশি করা যাবে। আমরা ২৫ মে কলকাতা হাইকোর্টের অবসরকালীন বেঞ্চে মামলার প্রস্তুতি নিচ্ছি। বছরের পর বছর ধরে বাংলার ছেলেমেয়েদের সঙ্গে অবিচার চলবে, আর হাত গুটিয়ে বসে থাকব, এ হতে দেওয়া যায় না।
5 city doctors, medical aspirants write to PM over NEET paper row
18 May 2018
Kolkata: Five city doctors and some medical aspirants who appeared for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) this year with Bengali as their medium of examination, wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to take steps in connection with the NEET question paper fiasco.
The doctors and medical aspirants drew Prime Minister’s attention to the Bengali version of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) question paper that has created a furor across the state. In the letter, the doctors have pointed out how Bengali medium candidates were deprived due to innumerable errors in the question. It was stated that there were altogether 180 errors in the Bengali version of the NEET 2018 question paper, while the total number of questions in the exam remained at 180.
The doctors who have written the letter to the Prime Minister are Dr A K Maity, Dr Shankhadip Mula, Dr Imtiaz Ali, Dr Priyanka Maity and Dr Jahangir Alam. Others include Sushanta Pramanik, Aparajita Samanta, Bengali medium students of NEET 2018 and Susovan Ghosh, who appeared for the examination in English.
Ashok Adhikary, a guardian and Abhijit Sardar a teacher also joined hands with the doctors and the student in writing the letter. Dr A K Maity raised questions on why CBSE, assigned to conduct the examination, did not take precautionary measures especially after the previous year’s incident when standard of questions in Bengali version was much difficult than that of English and Hindi.
“There should be no discrimination on the grounds of language in any examination and CBSE has no right to put the Bengali medium students in jeopardy,” Dr Maity said. The doctors also urged the PM to give proper instruction to CBSE/NEET(UG) authority to give 360 grace marks to Bengali version students for 90 wrong or ambiguous or incomplete questions, or to give proper instruction so that CBSE authority can arrange a re-examination of NEET (UG) 2018.
To Dated- 16-05-2018
Sri Narendra Modi
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India
Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
South Block, Raisina Hill, New Delhi. India-110011.
Sub : In NEET (UG) 2018 Bengali Version Question Paper more than 180 mistakes out of 180 questions, ambiguous, wrong, & meaningless Bengali translation and many students of West Bengal are compelled to appear the examination in Xerox copy of question and Bengali version opted candidates to appear the exam in Hindi/English version paper – an appeal
With great reverence and humble submission, we would like to draw your kind attention regarding wrong, ambigous, meaningless Bengali translation of NEET (UG) 2018 questions of English Version.
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Under-Graduate) is the only examination to get admission to any of the Medical Colleges throughout India and also who want to take Under-Graduate Medical admission in abroad. The Central Government made the law, IMC Act 2016 to conduct this examination since the year 2016. In this year, the NEET examination was conducted in 9 regional languages alongwith English and Hindi on 6th May, 2018. In the recently held NEET (UG) 2018 exam many irregularities and mistakes were observed in Bengali and Tamil etc. version vernacular question paper.
We have already informed by a letter to the Central Health Ministry, Central HRD Ministry, NEET authority about the irregularities and mistakes in Bengali Vernacular NEET (UG) paper. Also our honourable Chief Minister of West Bengal wrote to Central HRD Ministry for re-examination of sufferer students in Bengal. Till now NEET authority is silent about the matter.
Now we like to draw your kind attention about irregularities in NEET (UG) exam and wrong, ambigous, meaningless Bengali translation of NEET (UG) 2018 questions in Bengali. In Chemistry, out of 45 questions 20 (twenty) questions were wrong/ambiguous. In Biology, out of 90 questions 49 (forty nine) questions were wrong/ambiguous, where in Physics the number is 21 out of total 45 questions. Total number of questions in NEET (UG) paper are 180 carrying 4 marks each. So, Bengali Version students are deprived of (20 + 49 + 21) x 4 = 360 marks out of Full Marks 720.
In last few years it was noticed that those who appeared the said entrance examination in Bengali version question paper, were facing many difficulties. Last year in NEET (UG) 2017 there were 10-12 wrong translation /various types of mistakes in Bengali version question paper. The Hindi and English version question papers were same but the questions in regional languages were totally different. Apart from these, in various Examination centres the examinees were compelled to give the exams in English and Hindi versions because the vernacular (Bengali) question papers were not reached in many examination centres. Afterwards, Central Government promised that same incidents will not occur further. Instead, in this year the Bengali version examinees were not given Bengali questions in many examination centres. Somewhere there was even shortage of question papers and many students are distributed photocopy of a single set of question paper and Optical Mark Response (OMR) sheet.
In Cossipur exam centre, Kolkata it was received only 520 questions for 600 students. CBSE did not informed anything regarding whether a bundle/packet of questions had lost during transport or not at all sent by them. In NEET(UG) website CBSE conveyed thanks to all the students for their successful NEET(UG) 2018 examination. For detail investigation CBI enquiry is needed. Same incident of non-reaching of approprite number of NEET (UG) question papers also occured in Dibrugarh, Assom and irregularities occured.
More dispute and chaos are raised in wrong/ambiguous/careless translation of NEET (UG) 2018 paper to Bengali. There occurs total 180 questions in Biology- Physics-Chemistry in NEET (UG) paper. In the test booklet no. XX, it is seen that in 180 numbers of Bengali questions there are more than 180 mistakes / incomplete/ meaningless/ambiguous/ confusing translations. It’s not possible for even a highly talented students to do good results with this confusing translated question paper within 3 hours.
Moreover the CBSE authority delivered the information bulletin, admit card,the instructions at the top of the question papers etc which says each and every time, “If any translation of the question of any subject seems confusing, English question must be finally accepted.” Even furnishing this important instruction, CBSE authority cann’t be excused for such a great blunder, they don’t have the right to do such a huge number of mistakes. This is against Indian Constitution. It has been done in extreme negligence, irresponsibly or motivatedly. It is needed to be investigated. This incident happened in various state’s regional language question papers including Tamil Nadu etc…………………….
Total 27437 numbers of examinees appeared NEET (UG) 2018 in Bengali Version. They all are mostly from the rural and remote places of West Bengal. Students of unban areas, small towns, cities and around Kolkata residence were mostly under city Coaching centers who opted NEET (UG) 2018 in English Version. Last year NEET (UG) Bengali Paper was very tough and totally different from that of English & Hindi Version Paper. Due to dispute in the last year, Bengali vernacular students’ number declined from 34417 to 27437 in 2018 NEET (UG). In this year, again ambiguity in Bengali vercular question has imposed a bad impression.
To give justice to 27437 numbers of Bengali vernacular students, CBSE Board must conduct a Re-Examination. Otherwise give an instruction so that State Governments should arrange separate examination. Otherwise, State Government may conduct a Second Level examination of NEET (UG) 2018 qualified candidates to fill up 85% state quota seats. If second level examination is held by state government, the sufferer students may get justice to some extent, as they will not be entitled for 15% All India Quota and private medical college seats. As per Indian Medical Council Amendment Act 2016, Under-graduate Medical Admission must be from NEET (UG) qualified students. Hence, there is no problem to conduct a further screening test with NEET qualified students of State in second time as per IMC Act 2016.
Armed Forced College Pune, demanded a second stage screening test among the NEET qualified students to prepare their own merit list. In admission to Academic Session 2018-19, they have been granted the permission. NEET (UG) 2018 Information Bulletin, page 7 clearly revealed the fact in written. Hence, West Bengal Government also could conduct similar exam to fill 85% state quota seats. For conducting fruitful and successful examinations Medical Council Amendment Act has been passed. Meritorious students could be judged though second examination in the state. Siddiki Committee constituted by Honourable Justices of the Supreme Court as per recommendation of Government of India, also recommended multi-screening for Medical admission to hunt the best.
In NEET (UG) 2017 qualifying marks for Unreserved Category was 131 out of 720, for Schedule Caste & Other Backward Classes category was 107 out of 720. But these marks are not enough to get admission in any Govt. Medical College. Due to wrong, ambiguous question paper, Bengali Version students will score 360 marks less than others, in competition.
So our earnest request to you
(i) Give proper instruction to CBSE / NEET (UG) authority to give 360 grace mark to Bengali Version opted students for 90 wrong/ambiguous/incomplete questions.
Or, (ii) Give proper instruction so that CBSE authority could arrange a Re-Examination of NEET (UG) 2018.
Or, (iii) give an order so that West Bengal State Government could conduct a second stage Screening Test of NEET (UG) qualified students to prepare their own merit list for undergraduate medical admission in 85% state quota seats.
Hope, your good office will take necessary action for the benefits of the majority of the Bengalee students, their guardians and well-wishers.
With best regards,
Dr. Amiya Kumar Maity, Formerly attached to SSKM Hospital, Kolkata. WB
- ii) Dr. Shankhadip Mula iii) Dr. Imtiaz Ali, iv) Dr. Priyanka Maity, Teacher
- v) Dr. Jahangir Alam vi) Sushanta Pramanik , Bengali medium students of NEET UG – 2018 vii) Aparajita Samanta, Bengali medium students of NEET UG – 2018
viii) Susovan Ghosh, English medium student of NEET UG – 2018
- ix) Mr. Ashok Adhikary, Guardian, x) Mr. Abhijit Sardar, Teacher
Contact- 515/1 Lake Gardens, Kolkata-700045, PS – Lake. No – 9830173422 ;
E.mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
- One Test Booklet (of Code – XX) of NEET – UG 2018
- Indian Medical Council Amendment Act, 2016 dated 05-05-2016
- Information Bulletin NEET – UG 2018 (Page – 7) about Screening Test of NEET qualified students by Armed Forces Medical College, Pune.
- News Article – Two-stage pre-medical test mooted, Nov. 19 ,2015
- News Articles of recent times
Copy to –
- i) Hon’ble Minister of Health and Family welfare,. Nirman Bhawan,. New Delhi-110 011,
- ii) Hon’ble Minister of Union HRD
iii) Hon’ble CM of West Bengal & other states
- iv) Mr. Partha Chatterjee, Hon’ble Minister of Higher Education Govt. of WB , Bikash Bhavan, Salt Lake City, Kolkata
- v) The Chairman, CBSE board,
- vi) the President of MCI,
vii) Chairman, Board of Governors, Medical Council of India,
viii) Sri R S Sukla, lAS, Principal Secretary Health & Family Govt. of West Bengal & others
- ix) The Principal Secretary Secretary, Tec.Education Govt. of West Bengal.
- x) The Vice-Chancellor, West Bengal University of Health Sciences (WBUHS),email@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org
- xi) Director of Medical Education, Govt. of West Bengal, Swasthya Bhavan, Sector V, Salt Lake City, Kolkata.
xii) The Chairman of WBJEE Board, AQ-13/1, Sector V, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, email@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org
Times of India
Few takers for Bengali NEET paper
Somdatta Basu| TNN | May 9, 2018
KOLKATA: The question paper of National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) in Bengali had the lowest number of takers this year. And, with major translation errors in the Bengali question paper, the number of candidates opting to appear in the language in the national medical exam is likely to dwindle even further next year.
While 34,417 students took the exam in Bengali in 2017, this number stood at 27,437 this year — a slump of 6,980. Bengali is the only vernacular that witnessed lesser number of candidates while 10 other languages saw a rise. The most preferred languages this year were Gujarati and Tamil.
“Last year, the candidates who took the exam in Bengali lost around 80-120 marks out of 720. This resulted in a disastrous ranking of students from Bengali medium schools. Those with good ranks took the exam in English and scored as high as 440. This forced several candidates from Bengali medium institutes opt for English in NEET 2018,” said former SSKM teacher Amiya Maity.
He said that this year’s goof-up will make more medical aspirants — who would otherwise prefer to Bengali question paper — opt for English. A student of Jodhpur Park Boys’ School admitted that he took the exam in English out of “fear”, though he is comfortable answering in Bengali.
“The NEET brochure — handed over to the candidates — clearly mentions that in case of any mistake in the vernacular version of the question paper, the onus will be on students. This implies, that in case of any ambiguity, the candidates should consult the English version. The process takes up valuable time, forcing candidates to skip the question altogether. This information from CBSE may have resulted the drop,” said a health department official.
This year, though the question papers in all 11vernaculars were same, the Bengali translation was very poor. “There are 180 questions and the number translation errors are high. In some cases, the Bengali words used to explain particular Biology, Physics or Chemistry terminologies were completely wrong,” Maity pointed out.
Senior government school teachers explained that earlier — when West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination Board conducted medical entrance tests — most seats were bagged by Bengali medium students. They were accustomed to the syllabus. “This year though, most medical college seats in state are likely to be filled by students from other boards,” the official rued.
NEET 2018: Examinees raise voice against Bengali question paper Team MP | 7 May 2018
Kolkata: Almost half of the total questions of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2018, which were translated into Bengali, were either full of errors or there was ambiguity in the questions. NEET is the national level medical entrance examination. The exam has been conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) across the country on Sunday. Over 59,000 candidates from Bengal appeared for the examination at 99 centres across the state.
The students who wrote their answer papers with Bengali as the medium, have become upset as there were errors or ambiguity in almost 50 percent of the questions. It was also alleged that in some cases, there was no proper Bengali translation. In another allegation, around 83 students out of 600 appearing for NEET at Kendriya Vidyalaya Cossipore received question paper one hour after the examination started, triggering chaos at the exam centre.
It can also be mentioned here that only around 3,000 medical aspirants from Bengal appeared for this year’s examination in vernacular, while in the previous year the number stood at 34,000. According to a revelation, around 97.48 percent of MBBS seats across the country had been bagged by the candidates, who appeared for NEET with English as the medium of examination, in 2017. Meanwhile, only 2.52 percent of medical seats were secured by candidates answering their paper in vernacular languages. In the previous year also, there was a furor over the standard of the question paper in most vernacular languages, with the medical aspirants from Bengal and from some other states alleging that their questions were much harder than the ones in English and Hindi. Initially, the Centre had tried to conduct the examination in English, Hindi and some other languages. It was stated that students opting for Bengali as the medium would not be able to compete in all India seats and they have to appear only for the state quota seats. As Bengali was opted out, the state government had urged the Centre to allow the students to appear for the examination in Bengali. The experts had also demanded that all the regional languages, including Bengali, must be treated at par with Hindi and English. Dr A K Maity, an expert in the field of medical education in the country, said: “The Centre has been trying to bulldoze the sentiments of Bengali medium students. The CBSE cannot shed their responsibility in this manner and it must look into the matter with utmost seriousness. The brilliant Bengali medium students will not be able become doctors if this continues. The Bengali medium schools will be on the verge of extinction.”
NEET examinees cannot wear belts, caps, metallic items; cannot carry food, water
Pradip Chatterjee 5 May 2018
Kolkata: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), a national level board that conducts the nationwide medical entrance examination National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2018, triggered controversy after it imposed certain restrictions on candidates which many have termed to be “absurd”. All medical aspirants will be forced to agree on the regulations set by it. The candidates had to agree on certain rules framed by the CBSE before being able to download their admit cards from the NEET website. The instructions issued by the Board have not only sparked a row among the medical aspirants but several of them are even confused about the new directives.
The directives state that no students will be allowed to enter the examination centre with any metallic items, ornaments like ring, earrings, nose-pin, chain or necklaces, pendants, badges and brooches. The barred items also include wallets, handbags, belts, caps etc. Many medical aspirants from Bengal, irrespective of their caste, creed and religion, have raised questions on the decision of the Board.
There was confusion among the students belonging to the Sikh community whether they would be able to wear the ‘kada’ and carry the ‘kirpan’ to the examination hall as both are metallic items. Married women belonging to the Hindu community also raised questions if they would be able to wear iron bangles or ‘mangalsutra’ which they consider to be auspicious. Restrictions imposed on using of caps and similar items triggered uncertainty if the Sikh students will be allowed to enter the examination centre wearing turbans. Banned items also include eatables including opened or packed, water bottles, stationery items, bits of papers, geometry/pencil box, any watch/wrist watches, bracelets, cameras etc. There are also some restrictions on wearing dresses as well. Candidates have to wear light clothes with half sleeves not having big buttons, brooches/badges, flowers etc with salwar/trouser. It’s mandatory for the candidates to wear slippers, sandals with low heel and not closed shoes.
Dr A K Maity, an expert in the field of medical education in the country, said: “CBSE must consider some issues on humanitarian grounds. Students have to enter the examination centres in two slots. Candidates belonging to slot A have to enter halls between 7.30 and 8.30 am while slot B candidates between 8.30 and 9.30 pm. The examination starts at 10 am and continues till 1 pm. How are these candidates to remain without food for such a long time?” “The CBSE must ensure that the students at least get some food and purified drinking water. The Bengal government used to conduct the medical entrance examination in a more systematic manner. Each candidate now has to pay Rs 1400 for appearing in the NEET while they had to pay only Rs 500 when the exam used to be conducted by the West Bengal Joint Entrance Board,” Dr Maity maintained. The NEET 2018 will be held at 99 centres across Bengal on May 6 where around 59,390 candidates from the state will appear. It may be mentioned that despite its efforts, the national level Board failed to check the leakage of NEET question papers in previous two years. http://www.millenniumpost.in/kolkata/neet-examinees-cannot-wear-belts-caps-metallic-items-cannot-carry-food-water-298075
Medical aspirants in a fix over CBSE notification
Team MP 19 Feb 2018
Kolkata: Medical aspirants in Bengal who are supposed to appear for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) scheduled to take place on May 6, are confused after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on 14 February issued a notification which is contrary to that of Medical Council of India (MCI).
Like in previous years, the CBSE has been assigned to hold the NEET examination. In an earlier notification, the MCI, which is the highest regulating body said students appearing for the NEET have to secure 50 percent marks altogether in the three subjects – Physics, Chemistry and Biology in class 12 examinations.
But the recent notification issued by the CBSE contradicted the MCI notice saying that a candidate willing to take the NEET have to secure 50 percent marks in each of these three subjects. One who fails to obtain 50 percent marks in each subject of these 3 subjects in class 12 examination will not be allowed to appear for the NEET
This had triggered confusion among the 75,000 odd medical aspirants in the state who will appear for the examination.
The matter has also created a flutter on social media as many of these aspirants have become vocal against the decision of CBSE, which they have claimed to be in ‘utter violence’ of MCI norms.
They also alleged that CBSE has misinterpreted the MCI norms. If CBSE abides by the proposed method, at least 30,000 medical aspirants in the state will not be able to appear for the medical entrance examination this year. Many of the SC/ST/OBC candidates will also be deprived due to the decision of the CBSE.
The students also demanded that it should immediately evoke the notification as it has been done in contrary to MCI’s norms.
Dr A K Maity, an expert in the field of medical education in the state said: “CBSE has misinterpreted MCI norms and its has not only created confusion among the medical aspirants in the state but also from across the country. The CBSE must act promptly and do necessary corrections in this regard.”
Dr Maity also added that some renowned doctors from across the country will soon write to the Prime Minister and the Union Health Minister seeking their intervention as the matter is of paramount importance.
City doc writes to Nadda questioning permit for independent screening test Team MP | 14 Feb 2018
Kolkata: A city doctor has written to Union Health minister J P Nadda, seeking his intervention after the Centre has allowed Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, to conduct their own screening test to admit candidates to undergraduate medical courses, while the other institutions across the country have to admit candidates on the basis of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
Armed Force Medical College, Pune, had urged the Centre for a special status where they could hold a separate examination among the candidates who clear the NEET. Only those who will clear the NEET will be able to take part in the screening examination. Read This – Mamata unveils 13,000 km rural road project in Bengal Whereas, the other medical colleges have to admit candidates who have cleared NEET. They are not permitted to carry out another screening test.
It may be mentioned here that CMC Vellore had also urged the Centre for conducting a similar screening test among the NEET eligible candidates, but their appeal had been rejected. Many of the state governments, including Bengal, had urged the Centre to remain out of the NEET ambit due to some specific reasons but their appeal also went unheard by the Union Health ministry.
Dr A K Maity, a city-based doctor and an expert in the field of medical admission in the state, has written to the Union Health minister on Tuesday, urging his intervention. Dr Maity raised questions on why special facilities would be given to a particular medical college. In his letter, he mentioned that those who are willing to conduct a second stage of screening test among the NEET (UG) qualified students, must be allowed to do so.
Dr Maity also pointed out that the students who clear 12th standard examinations from NIOS or other state open schooling systems, would not be allowed to appear for NEET undergraduate level. Though, in case of NRI students, there is no such restriction. The matter has also been brought to the notice of the Union Health minister.
It can also be mentioned here that the Centre had issued a gazette notification on January 23, fixing the upper age limit for medical aspirants at 25, for the candidates belonging to unreserved category, while for the SC/ST/OBC candidates, the upper age limit has been fixed at 30.
Last year, the upper age limit was cancelled by the Centre, following the Supreme Court order. A writ petition was filed at the Calcutta High Court on February 10, against the Centre’s decision to impose upper age limit in NEET for admission in the MBBS and BDS courses.
Premier institutions like the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) and Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, enjoy special status by the Centre, where they are allowed to hold their separate entrance examinations. These institutions are out of the ambit of NEET.
As per the Indian Medical Council Act-1956 as amended in 2018 and the Dentists Act-1948 as amended in 2018, online applications are invited for NATIONAL ELIGIBILITY CUM
ENTRANCE TEST (UG) – 2018 (NEET-UG-2018) to be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), for admission to MBBS/BDS Courses in India in
Medical/Dental Colleges run with the approval of Medical Council of India/Dental Council of India under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, except for the institutions established through an Act of Parliament i.e. AIIMS and JIPMER Puducherry.
Admissions to all seats of MBBS/BDS courses will be done through NATIONAL ELIGIBILITY CUM ENTRANCE TEST (UG), 2018.
The seats are classified in the following categories:
(i) All India Quota Seats
(ii) State Government Quota Seats
(iii) Central Institutions/Universities/Deemed Universities
(iv) State/Management/NRI Quota Seats in Private Medical / Dental Colleges or any Private University
(v) Central Pool Quota Seats
REQUIREMENT OF AADHAAR NUMBER
For Indian citizens and ordinary residents of India, Aadhaar Number is a requirement to fill up the online application of NEET(UG), 2018 in all States except J&K, Assam and
For NRIs, Aadhaar or Passport Number is required for filling up of the online application of NEET(UG), 2018.
For Foreign Nationals, Overseas Citizen of India (OCI’s), Persons of Indian Origin (PIO’s), Passport Number is the mandatory requirement for filling up of the online
application of NEET(UG), 2018.
At the time of filling application form NEET(UG), 2018, the candidates will have to enter their AADHAAR number, name, date of birth & gender and give their consent to CBSE to validate the information provided by them with the UIDAI’s database. In case, these particulars do not match, the candidate will not be able to fill the application form of NEET(UG), 2018. Therefore, the candidates are advised to ensure that their AADHAAR card has correct details of their name, date of birth & gender as per school records. If there is some mismatch in these details, the candidates should immediately get it corrected in AADHAAR data or school records, as the case may be.
PATTERN OF TEST
The NEET (UG) shall consist of one paper containing 180 objective type questions (four options with single correct answer) from Physics, Chemistry and Biology (Botany & Zoology). The duration of paper would be 03 hours from 10.00 a.m. to 01.00 p.m.
(i) Indian Nationals, Non Resident Indians (NRI’s), Overseas Citizen of India (OCI’s), Persons of Indian Origin (PIO’s) & Foreign Nationals are eligible for appearing in the NATIONAL ELIGIBILITY CUM ENTRANCE TEST (UG),
(ii) The candidate must have completed age of 17 years at the time of admission or will complete the age on or before 31st December, 2018 i.e. the year of his/her admission to the 1st year M.B.B.S./B.D.S. Course.
(iii) The upper age limit for candidates seeking admission in MBBS/BDS seats
shall be 25 years as on the date of examination with a relaxation of 5 years
for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC category and persons entitled for
reservation under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.
(iv) The candidate must have passed in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry,
Biology/Bio-technology and English individually and must have obtained a
minimum of 50% marks taken together in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/
Bio-technology at the qualifying examination.
(v) In respect of candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled
Tribes/Other Backward Classes, the marks obtained in Physics, Chemistry
and Biology/Bio-technology taken together in qualifying examination be
40% instead of 50% for General category candidates.
(vi) In respect of the candidates with benchmark disabilities specified under the
Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, the marks obtained in
Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology taken together in qualifying
examination shall be 45% instead of 50% for General category candidates
and 40% for SC/ST/OBC candidates.
(vii) Provided that two years of regular and continuous study of Physics,
Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology taken together shall be required at 10+2
level for all the candidates.
(viii) Candidates who have passed 10+2 from Open Schools or as Private
candidates shall not be eligible to appear for National Eligibility-cum-
Entrance Test-UG. Furthermore, study of Biology/Bio-technology as an
Additional Subject at 10+2 level also shall not be permissible.
(ix) Those who are appearing in Class XII examination in 2018 can also appear
for the entrance test provisionally subject to their fulfilling the conditions
(x) As the States of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana have decided to join and
contribute their MBBS/BDS seats for the allotment to the candidates under
15% All India Quota from the academic year 2018-19 onward, the
candidates belonging to these States shall also be eligible for 15% All India
For Candidates of Unreserved Category (UR) born on or between
07.05.1993 and 01.01.2002 For Candidates of
SC/ST/OBC/PH Category born on or between
07.05.1988 and 01.01.2002
Date of Test : 6th May, 2018 (Sunday)
SCHEDULE AND FEE DETAILS
Schedule for on-line submission of application
Forms 08.02.2018 (Thursday) to 09.03.2018 (Friday) upto 23:50 Hrs. (IST)
Schedule for successful
Payment of online fee 08.02.2018 (Thursday) to 10.03.2018 (Saturday) upto 23:50 Hrs. (IST)
FEE DETAILS FOR GENERAL/OBC FOR SC/ST/PH
Rs.1400/- (INR) Rs.750/- (INR)
RESERVATION OF SEATS & ADMISSION IN MEDICAL/DENTAL
- An All India merit list and All India Rank of the qualified candidates shall be prepared on
the basis of the marks obtained in the National Eligibility-cum Entrance Test and
candidates shall be admitted to MBBS/BDS courses from the said list only by following
the Existing Reservation Policies.
- All admission to MBBS/BDS courses within the respective categories shall be based
solely on marks obtained in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test.
- All other existing eligibility criteria for admission to Medical/Dental Colleges shall be
applicable as per Rules and Policies of the State/UT/Institution/University concerned.
HOW TO APPLY
Candidates can apply ONLY ONLINE.
Online submission of application may be made by accessing the Board’s website
www.cbseneet.nic.in Instructions for submitting online application and payment of fee
are available on website.
Candidates may remit the fee in the following manner:
- Through any Debit/Credit Card
- Net Banking/UPI or
- e-wallets of different service provider
- CBSE will provide All India Rank. Result will be given to DGHS, Ministry of Health and
Family Welfare, Govt. of India to provide the same to admitting authorities.
- Concerned admitting authorities will invite applications for counselling and merit list
shall be drawn based on All India Rank by the admitting authorities subject to their
COMMON SERVICES CENTRES/FACILITATION CENTRES
Candidates, if need be, may take the assistance of Common Services Centres for filling up
the application form. The details of the common services centres are given on the website
The Information Bulletin containing detailed information of test, syllabus, eligibility criteria to appear/admission, reservation, examination fee, cities of examination, State Code of
eligibility, Age etc. is available on website www.cbseneet.nic.in. Candidates may, therefore,
check all the details in the online Information Bulletin before submission of application form.
The Deputy Secretary,
National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test Unit,
Website – www.cbseneet.nic.in
Email – email@example.com
Phone No. – 011-22041807, 011 – 22041808,
Toll Free No. – 1800118002,
Mobile No. : 9773720177, 9773720178 & 9773720179
Replacing the Medical Council Won’t Solve Issues Plaguing India’s Healthcare Community
The Bill to create the National Medical Commission was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 29 and was to be discussed in early January. However, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and several senior professionals have opposed it across the country. Even when the Bill was first drafted by the NITI Aayog in 2016, the IMA had expressed its reservations on several of its provisions. While the government is keen to enact it, the power of the medical profession cannot be underestimated.
After a year of drafting the Bill, its passage has been stalled mainly as a result of resistance from the professional community. The Bill could not be tabled as planned and has now been referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on health for making amendments.
The impasse that has ensued is due to a number of factors that are systemic to the medical profession, education and institutions. It is well known that corruption is quite rampant within the medical profession and the Medical Council of India (MCI) did not play a proactive role towards weeding it out. Over the years, the MCI itself was allegedly controlled by a ‘medical mafia’ that had managed to cultivate politicians at the local, state and central levels. Thus, the MCI had deep roots that were entwined with political parties at the state and national levels. Given this rather grim scenario, the present government had two options on restructuring the MCI for transparency and accountability.
Firstly, it could have used the report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the MCI to implement some of their recommendations. Secondly, an independent audit of the MCI could have been done and action taken against those who were responsible for corruption. However, instead of reforming the existing MCI, the present government has decided to dismantle and replace it. This itself is an indication that it is easier to create a new institution rather than reform the older ones. The individuals who were responsible have not been punished but instead are occupying positions as leaders of the medical community at the global level. The inability of the government stems from the fact that the ‘medical mafia’ that controlled the MCI had the support of the political class at the local, state and national levels.
The reform of the MCI cannot be reduced to a mere bureaucratic exercise. Across the world, the reform of medical practice and education has been possible only when the medical professionals have taken the leadership. The IMA and other professional bodies have, however, failed to initiate self-introspection and regulation. By not getting their act together, the medical profession has given the bureaucrats the power to regulate. If the professionals had been proactive, they could have initiated processes within their community for self-regulation to control corruption. Neither the IMA nor other professional organisations condemned the deep-rooted corruption among their members or in the MCI. Instead, they defended and protected them. The case of Dr Ketan Desai exemplifies this.
The National Medical Commission Bill has been criticised on several counts. This includes the constitution of the board and advisory council. At present, the space for elected representatives does not exist and the appointment of members is bureaucratised. Since health is a state subject, the Regional Medical Councils (RMCs) have to be given their due place and powers. The NMC cannot dictate to RMCs, there has to be a two-way flow of communication and accountability.
The medical professional bodies have raised an objection to AYUSH practitioners being allowed to prescribe allopathic medication. The present regime has given political support to Ayurveda and urged greater investment in it. What is the logic behind the recommendation of the NITI Aayog to allow Ayurvedic practitioners prescribing allopathy? It is well-known that the market for Ayurvedic products and services has expanded during the last few decades.
Is it the case that these pressures are playing their role in expanding opportunities for employment in the public health services. The National Rural Health Mission had opened opportunities for employing AYUSH doctors in government facilities but they were not allowed to prescribe allopathic medication. This was a source of great frustration for those who were posted in the health centres. The norms for prescribing medicines and interventions need to be reviewed for doctors across systems of medicine and also for nurse practitioners.
The most important failing of the NITI Aayog in the drafting of this Bill is the lack of a wider consultation with professional organisations and civil society to arrive at a consensus. In the long run, the complex issue of regulation and accountability of medical practice and education cannot be addressed by bureaucratic and political diktats.
Rama V. Baru is a professor at the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health at Jawaharlal Nehru University.
‘Munnabhai MBBS’ Trick Lands Hospital in Soup as SC Orders Probe
The top court has constituted the inquiry committee on a complaint made by the Central government and the Medical Council of India (MCI), which contended that when the inspection of the college was being done, it was discovered that sham patients were lying on the beds to fake the occupancy in the 410-bed hospital.
Updated:December 15, 2017,
New Delhi: Do you remember the scene from cult comic movie Munnabhai MBBS where fake patients try to convince Munnabhai’s father about his son’s hospital? The hospital was set up for a day with sham patients, doctors and other staff in the reel life.
The scene must have left you in splits but an alleged attempt to copy it in real life has put a hospital from Madhya Pradesh in the dock with the Supreme Court ordering an investigation under the supervision of the CBI Director into the presence of fake patients.
A bench of Justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao has set up a committee, comprising a senior CBI officer and two doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), to examine credentials of the ‘patients’, their medical history, ailments, treatments and the need for hospitalisation in Bhopal’s Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan University medical college.
The top court has constituted the inquiry committee on a complaint made by the central government and the Medical Council of India (MCI), which contended that when the inspection of the college was being done, it was discovered that sham patients were lying on the beds to fake the occupancy in the 410-bed hospital.
Additional Solicitor General ANS Nadkarni and senior advocate Vikas Singh, representing the Centre and the MCI respectively, pointed out that the hospital administration had resorted to manipulation and fraud to secure permission for admitting students for academic year 2017-18.
On the other hand, senior advocate Nidhesh Gupta, appearing for the medical college, vouched for the authenticity of these ‘patients’ saying their medical records would corroborate the truthfulness.
At this, the bench noted that if the college has indeed shown fake patients, it would amount to committing an offence under the Indian Penal Code for furnishing false evidence and therefore, an inquiry must be conducted into the truthfulness of the statistics, reports and the material placed before the court.
“We consider it appropriate in the interests of justice to direct that a committee shall be constituted headed by a senior officer deputed by the Director, CBI and two doctors of AIIMS,” ordered the court.
The bench gave 15 days for nomination of the members of the committee, and another three months to conclude its investigation and submit report.
“The committee may visit the college and shall have access to all such information as may be required by it for determining the matters referred to it. The petitioner-college shall fully cooperate with the said committee. The MCI shall also provide any material relating to the inspection in question to the committee,” directed the bench.
About students’ provisional admission in the college, the top court said that evidence on record established that the college had severe deficiencies, demonstrated by the fact that the MCI, on the day of inspection, had noted that not even a single unit of blood was dispensed from the hospital’s blood bank in one full day and the college had further tried to explain absence of doctors by claiming that doctors had been summoned to a police station in connection with a road accident case.
The bench cancelled all the admission in this college for 2017-18 but gave students the respite by directing that the students shall be accommodated by the Madhya Pradesh government in other colleges with their merits in accordance with law.
It also issued a show-cause notice to the medical college as to why the court should not pass order for refunding fees to these students and granting them compensation as well. The court will now take up the matter after receiving the inquiry report from the committee.
New modules in MBBS from next year
By Express News Service 03rd December 2017
TIRUPATI: New modules will be added to the existing MBBS curriculum in India, which will be taught from 2018 academic year, Dr Jayshree P Mehta, president of Medical Council of India (MCI), has said.
Speaking to Express here on Saturday, she said the modules like that on sex, general sensitivity, mental stress, ethics and professionalism, were prepared after interacting with faculty, scientists, renowned educationalists and collecting information from all sections of the society.
The MCI, in the past two years, has been making efforts to revise, revamp and upgrade the existing Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 1997 by incorporating many suggestions contained in the recommendations of the undergraduate working group. The syllabus would be common throughout the country thus ensuring uniformity, Dr Jayshree Mehta said.
She also said the Medical Council is also working on some uniform exit examinations for post graduate and super specialties and the MCI and universities need to work together to achieve these reforms. The proposed major changes in the existing regulations include a 2-month foundation course during which students will be oriented to the national health scenario, medical ethics and professional development and communication skills.
The document also incorporates early clinical exposure of students from the first year on wards which will be integrated with learning in basics and laboratory sciences. The revised regulations also include horizontal and vertical integration between disciplines and integration between hospital based medicine and community medicine, she explained.
About the admission process, the MCI president said, “To enforce uniformity in admissions and prevent malpractices, a common entrance examination (NEET) has been suggested, the MCI passed it and sent it to the Government of India. Of course, the final decision of the government is awaited, this system would ensure that reservation of seats, as per norms of different States, is maintained.”
Answering to a question, she said the MCI has already finalised six training centres and six sub-training centres in the country, and is set to give training to 40,000 faculty members, which will conclude by the end of the current academic year, and from next year, the new modules will be added to the curriculum.
Discharge Notice of 1st year MBBS student at Midnapore Medical College,
Discharge Notice of 1st year MBBS student at Midnapore Medical College, Midnapore in respect of the thirty students of Academic Year 2016-17
Meeting of the Executive Committee of MCI held on 25thOctober, 2017
Item No.20 – 1st year MBBS student at Midnapore Medical College, Midnapore, West Bengal for the Academic Year 2016-17
The Executive Committee noted that enough opportunities have been given to the Institute to provide information. The Committee directed the Office to issue Discharge Notice in respect of the thirty students of Academic Year 2016-17
No. MCI-5(3)/2017-Med.Misc./ MEDICAL COUNCIL OF INDIA NEW DELHI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Minutes of the meeting of the Executive Committee held on 25thOctober, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Council Office at Sector 8, Pocket 14, Dwarka, New Delhi.
:Present: Dr. Reena Nayyar, Secretary I/c. Apology for absence was received from Dr. Chandrakant Bhaskar Mhaske. Dr. Jayshree Mehta President Medical Council of India, Former Professor of Surgery, Govt. Medical College, Vadodara (Gujarat) Dr. C.V. Bhirmanandham Vice-President, Medical Council of India, Former Vice-Chancellor of Dr. M.G.R. Health University, Chennai (Tamil Nadu) Dr. Alok Ahuja Lab Director, Dr. Ahujas Pathology & Imaging Centre, 7-B, Astley Hall, Dehradun (Uttrakhand) Dr. Anil Chauhan Principal, Dr. RadhakrishnanGovt. Medical College, Hamirpur-177001 (Himachal Pradesh) Prof.(Dr.) Ashwani Kumar Professor, Department of Microbiology, University College of Medical Sciences, Shahdara(Delhi-110095) Dr. G.B. Gupta Vice-Chancellor, Ayush & Health Sciences University, G.E. Road, Raipur (Chhatisgarh) Dr. Kampa Shankar Professor, General Medicine & Superintendent, Sir Ronald Ross Institute of Tropical & Communicable Diseases, Nallkunta, Hyderabad Dr. Narain Venktesh Bhandare Consulting Surgeon, Bhandare Hospital, Fontainhas, Panaji (Goa-403001) Dr. Sinam Rajendra Singh Professor of Urology, Rajendra Instt. of Medical Sciences, Imphal (Manipur) & Director, Manipur Medical Council Imphal, Manipur Dr. Vijay Prakash Singh Professor & Head, Department of Gastroenterology, Patna Medical College, Patna (Bihar)
Item No.20 Admission of 1st year MBBS student at Midnapore Medical College, Midnapore, West Bengal for the Academic Year 2016-17- Regarding. The Executive Committee did not approve the recommendations of the Monitoring Sub-Committee and noted that enough opportunities have been given to the Institute to provide information. The Committee directed the Office to issue Discharge Notice in respect of thefollowing students:- S. No. as per hard copy Name Entrance Exam Name Max. marks in Entrance Exam Marks Obtained in Entrance Exam & Percentile Marks 2 Arpita Malik WBJEE 250 NIL 6 Shreya Mandal WBJEE 250 NIL 11 Ananya Mani WBJEE 250 NIL 12 Surjyatapa Laya WBJEE 250 NIL 34 Ajit Singh WBJEE 250 NIL 35 Binoy Hansda WBJEE 250 NIL 37 Sanjib Hembram WBJEE 250 NIL 41 Hrish Sing WBJEE 250 NIL 44 Souvik Mallick WBJEE 250 NIL 46 Aditi Roy WBJEE 250 NIL 47 Sayna Mandi WBJEE 250 NIL 48 Ratna Mondal WBJEE 250 NIL 62 Poulomi Saha WBJEE 250 NIL 69 Alokesh Murmu WBJEE 250 NIL 71 Sudip Sinha WBJEE 250 NIL 80 Pintu Das WBJEE 250 NIL 92 Shambhu Hansda WBJEE 250 NIL 6 96 Ananya Pramanik WBJEE 250 NIL 98 Tomas Mondal WBJEE 250 NIL 99 Mousumi Mandal WBJEE 250 NIL 114 Rajib Singha WBJEE 250 NIL 118 Arpita Bisui WBJEE 250 NIL 120 Rupak Mondal WBJEE 250 NIL 129 Pryanka Sardar WBJEE 250 NIL 131 Rabisankar Biswas WBJEE 250 NIL 132 Sandip Biswas WBJEE 250 NIL 133 Rajesh Mandal WBJEE 250 NIL 140 Manindra Sinha WBJEE 250 NIL 145 Raghunath Murmu WBJEE 250 NIL 146 Sahadev Hansda WBJEE 250 NIL The Execuitive Committee further directed the Institute to submit compliance within 01 week. This be also sent by separate communication to Secretary (ME), DME, Affiliating University, State Medical Council, representative of the State on MCI.
MAJOR REFORMS COMING IN MBBS CURRICULUM
The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and the Medical Council of India are giving final touches to major reforms in the MBBS curriculum with an emphasis on thinning down courses for undergraduate medical students.
“We have already prepared a draft curriculum for MBBS programmes. Currently, the draft curriculum is being assessed by experts. We will also seek public opinion on reforms to be adopted in the MBBS programme,” said Director General of Health Services Jagdish Prasad.
Dr. Prasad said the course orientation would be to skill students in handling common diseases in their surroundings, especially addressing region-specific ailments. “Students will no more study bulky books. Courses will be much easier to comprehend. At present, an undergraduate student is required to acquire knowledge on 10 types of surgeries, which is not necessary. They can master the skill while specialising in the stream,” he said, adding that, “We hope the new curriculum will be ready for medical students within next 18 months.”
Dr. Prasad, who had served as principal of medical colleges for several years, said the directorate has also mooted introduction of vernacular language as medium of studies in MBBS programmes.
“After admission in MBBS programme, many students usually do not understand subjects which are taught in English. In some colleges, crash courses on English are also offered so that students would have better comprehension of subjects,” he said.
Stating that vernacular languages as medium of studies would have been better choice, Dr. Prasad said: “We are facing shortage of writers to translate subjects available in English into vernacular languages. In Japan, medical courses are available in Japanese language. They were able to do it as they have one language. In India, we have so many languages. But we are contemplating to give it a try.”
Terming NEET syllabus unscientific, city doctor writes to Centre
Team MP 17 Oct 2017
Kolkata: A city doctor and an expert in the field of medical studies in the state has written to the Union Health minister J P Nadda urging him to look into syllabus of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) as the claimed it to be ‘unscientific’.
In his letter to the union minister, Dr A K Maity stated that in the undergraduate NEET syllabus, more importance has been given on plant physiology-anatomy-morphology and zoology but it should be on human physiology and medical zoology.
A draft syllabus for NEET undergraduate entrance exam was prepared by NCERT as per the instructions of Medical Council of India in 2011. He pointed out the importance of including human physiology, anatomy & biochemistry which were initially not in the syllabus. Human physiology was later included in the syllabus by the NCERT but surprisingly it was found that less than 5 per cent questions of All India Medical Entrances are set on the human physiology. As he said that it is very important to know basic level of human physiology and anatomy, microbiology, biochemistry and medical zoology in details rather than botany and zoology. Dr Maity also urged the Union Health Minister to remove detailed botany portion like plant physiology, morphology, anatomy, plant reproduction, classification etc and zoology part like cockroach, details classification of animals etc.
“For the students who would be the future doctors, it is very important to know human physiology rather than plant physiology-anatomy-morphology, and zoology part like cockroach. Now the duration of MBBS course has been reduced. The students face tremendous pressure of vast curriculum,” Dr Maity stated in his letter.
He also demanded for the representation of the Bengal Health department official in the team which sets the questions papers, otherwise the sentiments of Bengal medical aspirants would not be looked after. There are 32 various boards altogether in the country and there must be representatives from all the boards so that the sentiments of regional students are not hurt.
He also said that the medical aspirants should know human physiology, anatomy biochemistry & microbiology, applied physiology etc. Due to the insufficient basic knowledge in this stream, the overall standard of the MBBS doctors are degrading which will have a long lasting effect on the healthcare system of our country.
Previously, the First Professional MBBS course duration was of two years. Then it was reduced to one-and-a-half years and now further reduced to one year. In one year students have to read human anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. Syllabus remains same as before but time is reduced to half. If the medical spirants do not know basic parts of human physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, then it is difficult for them to grasp all these subjects in detail in a short time, he pointed out.www.rainbowedu.co.in
Last minute litigations; SC for guidelines on med admissions
Posted on 26/09/2017 by Dailyexcelsior, www.dailyexcelsior.com
NEW DELHI, Sept 25: The Supreme Court has taken note of a surge in “last minute” litigations related to admissions in medical colleges, which end up giving jitters to medical aspirants and colleges alike, and decided to lay down “deterrent measures” to avoid such situations.
The top court is flooded with last minute petitions relating to the issue of either grant or denial of permission to medical colleges to admit students for MBBS and other courses across the country.
A bench of Justices S A Bobde and L N Rao, while dealing with medical colleges related matters, observed that annual recurrence of this kind of litigation creates high pressure and anxiety for students, medical institutions and all concerned.
“All the counsel appearing for the parties agreed that it is high time some deterrent measures be laid down for colleges and state authorities from doing acts which generate such last minute litigation,” the bench said.
“We therefore, consider it appropriate to post the matter for further hearing and orders on such measures on a later date,” the court said and posted the matter for hearing in December.
The apex court was dealing with petitions filed by some private medical colleges which were denied permission to admit students in MBBS course for the academic year 2017-2018 by the orders issued by the Central Government last month.
The colleges had told the bench that they were denied the permission to admit students in spite of the findings arrived at by the Centre that there was no or negligible deficiencies.
After the government’s order, these colleges had moved the Kerala High Court which, in an interim order, had allowed them to provisionally admit students for academic year 2017- 18.
Thereafter, the Medical Council of India (MCI) had moved the apex court challenging the interim order of the high court which was set aside by the top court.
However, the apex court had permitted the colleges to approach it by filing writ petitions.
The bench, while dealing with the petitions filed by the colleges, observed that it was surprised that without giving any reasons, the government had declined permission to it for fresh batch for the year 2017-2018.
“Having regard to the fact that on merits, we find the deficiencies in the colleges are marginal and the colleges are largely compliant, we consider it appropriate to make a definite direction regarding the admission of students as has been done in the earlier decisions as cited above,” it said.
“It is not possible to leave the students’ career in limbo. We order accordingly,” it said while noting submissions of the counsel appearing for Kerala that admission of around 400 students should not be allowed to be cancelled since it could not be possible for them to take admission in any other colleges at this stage.
The court also made it clear that marginal deficiencies would have to be removed completely by the college management and “they must offer the same for inspection by the MCI within a reasonable time from now and in any case well before the next academic year”. (PTI)
Government NEET training centres stuck in red tape
Vinayashree J | TNN | Sep 27, 2017
CHENNAI: The number of students from government schools making it to medical colleges have seen an 80% drop -from 30 in 2016 to only 2 in 2017. And this number may only drop further unless the government’s promise of setting up training centres for competitive exams takes shape. With no clear deadlines on the setting up of these coaching centres, students from government schools are automatically on the back foot when compared to their peers in private schools under the state board. While education depart ment officials said coaching centres may be set up in about two months, they could not come up with particular dates. “We are in the process of identifying schools for each cluster or block where the centres can be set up. The tenders will also have to be finalised following which we can announce when the centres will be set up,” said a senior official from the department. The government is also yet to decide on the time frame for releasing question banks to aid students preparing for NEET.
Many students from private schools of state board and other boards are well into intensive medical coaching for more than four months now since they enrolled in private centres at the start of the academic year. Many have also opted for a gap year.
These students naturally will have an edge over students from government schools who cannot afford to pay the private tuition centres. Government school teachers said while access was one factor, another was also the low level of interest in pursuing medicine among government and aided school students.
“A majority of those who get above 490 in Class 10 opt for commerce and very few opt for medicine. As of now, those preparing for medicine even in Class XI are in single digit,” said a teacher from St Ebbas Higher Secondary School. Some teachers also opined government school students could be encouraged to pursue medicine by quickly establishing the training centres and providing the right atmosphere to learn. Similarly, teachers at rls HSS in Ashoknagar Girls HSS in Ashoknagar said out of about 350 students in Class XII, 30 were interested in medicine.
There are also few students who have managed to enroll themselves in private centres offering free coaching to government school students. Balu, a Class XII government student, said he heard about Pioneer academy offering coaching to government students free and has decided to register in the centre. However, such students constitute a rather small slice of the larger pie.
Educationist Jayaprakash Gandhi pointed out government school teachers should be given a free hand to teach, especially when it comes to science and maths subjects. “Coaching centres should be set up as early as possible for government students but we cannot rely completely on them to fetch results for NEET this year. We need to first create a fair platform for all students so that government school students are not discriminated against,” he said.
He also said there should be a quota system in terms of those appearing for the first time and those who have attempted already.
SC rejects ICARE’s plea to reverse MCI decision to
Team MP 23 Sep 2017
Kolkata: The Supreme Court has turned down the appeal of the Indian Centre for Advancement of Research and Education, Haldia (ICARE), for admitting candidates in MBBS courses after the Medical Council of India (MCI) derecognised the college for lack of infrastructure.
As a result of this, the future of medical students who were studying MBBS in various stages are hanging in balance as they would not get any valid registration from the MCI. Even those who were doing their interns after completing their MBBS courses are not sure if they would get the permission to treat patients.
MCI earlier derecognised the college and cautioned students not to take admission in this medical college. ICARE Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, situated at Haldia run by an NGO associated with expelled CPI(M) MP, Laxman Seth, was not given permission to admit candidates for undergraduate medical courses.
The students who were pursuing medical courses in this medical college expressed their concern over their future as the MCI derecognised the medical college. They also urged both the state government and the Centre to take some steps in this regard. Like other students, these candidates had started the medical studies after clearing the state level medical joint entrance examination and secured their seats in this private medical college.
It may be mentioned that this medical college needed to take permission from the MCI every year but after going through the infrastructure, the MCI decided to debar the medical college from admitting candidates. The MCI did not allow the private medical college to admit students as a deficiency of faculty and shortage of resident doctors were found. Bed occupancy was only 8 percent on the day of assessment which was grossly inadequate. Many wards were closed while the OPD attendance was only 250 on day of assessment which was also inadequate.
Casualty attendance was only 9 on the day of assessment. No Casualty Medical Officer was also present on the day of the assessment, as said by the MCI. There was no major and minor operations and no delivery on day of assessment. Radiological & Laboratory investigation workload was inadequate too.
Separate register for laboratory investigation was not there in the hospital. ICUs and ICCU beds were not available too. There were many other deficiencies in this private hospital apart from the mentioned.
ICARE authorities appealed to the Supreme Court challenging the decision of the MCI. But the Apex court also turned down their appeal and ordered not to admit candidates in MBBS course.
Madras High Court issues gag order on ministers over NEET
Sep 23, 2017
Additional advocate general informed the court that steps have been taken to establish such centres for students in the state.
Chennai: The Madras high court faulted the state government for misleading students in connection with Neet and restrained ministers from making any remarks regarding Neet.
When a petition seeking setting up of counselling centres for students seeking admission into medical courses came up for hearing before Justice N. Kirubakaran, the additional advocate general informed the court that steps have been taken to establish such centres for students in the state. Rejecting the reply, Justice N. Kirubakaran stated that the order was passed on October 24 and nearly one month had passed, yet nothing had been done. “Due to the delay, we have already lost a girl, he said. You have deceived people, giving false promises of getting permanent exemption from Neet. Do not mislead students. If you are taking steps towards permanent exemption, announce this only after succeeding in your effort. Till then, ask your ministers not to make announcements in the media stating that we will get exemption soon.”
MCI clerk and Assessor, an Army Colonel arrested for Bribery
September 18, 2017
The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Colonel, Army Medical Corps, New Delhi; a clerk (LDC), MCI, New Delhi and two private persons, residents of Delhi. A case was registered against Colonel, Army Medical Corps, New Delhi; an LDC of MCI, Delhi; two private persons and a Chairman of private Medical College Hospital & Research Center, Pondicherry and other unknown public servants & private persons under section 120-B of IPC and section 7,8 & 12 of Prevention of Corruption Act 1988.
It has been alleged that the LDC in the MCI was in regular contact with the Chairman of a private Medical College Hospital & Research Center, Pondicherry for sharing sensitive information including inspections, approvals, recognition of courses, number of seats, notices & other similar administrative matters of the medical college being dealt with by MCI and with the Colonel of Army Medical Corps, Delhi who was empanelled as an Assessor with the MCI for inspecting various medical colleges. It was further alleged that both these public servants were in regular touch with the said Chairman of Medical College and had demanded illegal gratification for rendering support and providing information at regular intervals.
In furtherance of the conspiracy, the private person, a resident of West Sagarpur, New Delhi was caught while taking Rs 10 lakh from two hawala operators at Chandni Chowk, Delhi as alleged gratification on behalf of both public servants.
Searches were conducted at Delhi, Chennai & Pondicherry including premises of accused persons which led to the recovery of Rs.Two crores (approx) and incriminating documents.
The arrested accused were produced today before the Designated Court at Delhi and remanded to five days Police Custody.
MCI nod for foreign univ despite negative
Pradip Chatterjee 12 Sep 2017
Kolkata : How would you react if a few years down the line you come across the fact that the doctor you had been consulting at a private hospital, a government establishment or at a chamber in the locality had obtained MBBS degree from a foreign country after getting negative marks out of total 720 marks in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
Believe it or not in this year’s NEET examination, many candidates have got negative marks and a sizeable number of these students are all set to pursue medical studies from abroad. For example, a candidate has been declared fit for pursuing MBBS from a foreign university by the Medical Council of India (MCI) after he scored minus 43 (-43) out of 720 total marks in NEET 2017.
The candidate in question obtained minus 10 (-10) in physics, minus 10 (-10) in chemistry out of total 180 marks in each subject. The candidate obtained minus 23 (-23) in Biology out of total 360.
Earlier, when the NEET was not introduced in the country, many such students went abroad to study medical without appearing for any entrance examination. They were allowed to go to foreign universities on the basis of twelve standard marks. It has been learnt from highly-placed sources that obtaining medical degrees from universities in countries like China, Russia, Bangladesh, Philippines and others is nothing new and the custom has been in practice for quite a long time.
Many have raised questions as to why there will be no minimum qualifying marks for those candidates who are interested to go to other countries to obtain a medical degree while students studying in India have to secure a minimum 50 and 40 percentile marks in case of general and SC/ST/OBC candidates respectively. The question here rises on how the MCI, the highest regulating body, is providing these students with No Objection Certificates (NOCs) which is needed to go abroad.
According to sources, many of these students who have fetched a degree from foreign countries without appearing for an entrance examination, have been allegedly practicing in some of the top private hospitals in the city and also in other states as well. Many have raised questions on the standard of these doctors. It may be mentioned that the MCI conducts a test for these candidates obtaining foreign degrees but there is a question mark on the standard of the examination.
MCI has not set any minimum qualifying marks in the NEET as a result of which, a general category student can opt for a foreign university. According Indian Medical Council Amendment Act 2016, those who are willing to study MBBS in any of the state-run or private medical colleges in the country will have to secure a minimum of 50 and 40 percentile marks in the national level medical entrance examination.
Raising questions on the ‘faulty system’ as to why there will be different rules in the country, a Kolkata-based doctor, Dr A K Maity has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention so that Centre formulates a policy in this regard.
Madras High Court directs Tamil Nadu government to pay compensation to medicos
PublishedSep 10, 2017, 7:41 am IST
Chennai: Madras high court has directed the state government to pay compensatory cost to medical students who completed various PG medical courses from medical colleges, which did not rectify deficiencies even after they were pointed out by Medical Council of India.
Dismissing the appeal filed by MCI, the division Bench comprising Justices Nooty Ramamohana Rao (now retired) and S.M. Subramanian has ruled that their provisional pass certificate issued by Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University is, in no manner, defective.
MCI challenged the order of a single judge order passed last year, which directed Tamil Nadu Medical Council to register PG qualifications in the State Medical Register of students, who have completed three year PG medical education from ESI Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Pudhucherry.
They completed various PG medical courses – M.D. (General Medicine), M.D. (General Surgery), M.D. (Pediatrics), M.D./M.S.(OBG) and M.D. (Anesthesia) from the institutions.
Based on Letter of Permission (LoP) colleges commenced PG courses in the institutions and they joined and successfully completed the courses. However, Tamil Nadu Medical Council declined to register their PG degree certificate.
As they were unable to seek employment in government medical services or pursue further super specialization they filed writ petitions seeking to register their provisional certificates in the State Council.
The single judge had passed order in favour them. Challenging this, MCI filed the appeal stating that the medical colleges had not rectified all deficiencies pointed out by it and their PG degrees could not be included in the first schedule to the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.
Lauding students for coming out successfully, the bench said the deficiencies have not come in their way at all and their study and performance at the university examinations is not greatly impacted.
Exemption from NEET is the policy decision of the State government, says Sengottaiyan
S.P. Saravanan ERODE, SEPTEMBER 06, 2017
But the State government will set up centres to train students to face competitive examinations such as NEET, the School Education Minister says.
Minister for School Education, Sports and Youth Welfare, K.A. Sengottaiyan, on Wednesday said that seeking permanent exemption to Tamil Nadu from the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) is the policy decision of the State government and hence continuous efforts are being taken for seeking exemption.
Addressing media persons at AET School premises, the venue for MGR centenary birth celebrations on Wednesday, the Minister said that NEET for graduate medical course is not necessary for the State and hence the government is taking all steps for permanent exemption. However, to prepare students face all competitive examinations, various schemes will be implemented, he added.
The minister said that 412 centres to train students to face such examinations will be established in the State. Also, experts in the educational field, through video conferencing, will build self-confidence in students and also provide training. “All these centres will be established by this month-end,” he added.
Education should be under State list: Thambidurai
Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha, M. Thambidurai, who inaugurated a photography exhibition on MGR put up by the Department of Information and Public Relations, said that the State’s policy is to bring education under the State list that enable us to prepare our own curriculum.
States such as Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, West Bengal, and Tamil Nadu had informed the Centre that they do not need NEET, he added.
Mr. Thambidurai recalled that an ordinance seeking exemption from NEET-based admissions was submitted to the Central government earlier. He said that the government has understood the emotions of the students and said that protests are unnecessary and asked them to withdraw it.
Ensure no agitation takes place over NEET, Supreme Court tells Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu has seen an escalation in protests after last week’s suicide by 17-year-old medical aspirant Anitha S who had petitioned the Supreme Court against NEET.
Sep 08, 2017 17:06 IST
The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Tamil Nadu government to ensure that no agitation takes place in the state over the NEET examination issue.
The apex court directed that anybody involved in any kind of activity that stalls normal life of citizens in the state should be booked under the appropriate law.
Tamil Nadu has seen an escalation in protests after last week’s suicide by medical aspirant Anita S. The 17-year-old killed herself a few months after the Supreme Court dismissed a petition filed by her and a few other students against the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET).
The Dalit girl from Ariyalur district, who believed that the newly launched entrance test was detrimental to the interests of students from rural areas, was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her home.
In New Delhi, a bench headed by chief justice Dipak Misra passed the direction observing that the NEET examination had already been upheld by the apex court.
As an interim measure, it is directed that it shall be the obligation of the chief secretary and principal secretary of Tamil Nadu to ensure that no agitation takes place in relation to the NEET examination that has been upheld by this court,” the bench, also comprising AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, said.
The top court issued notice to Tamil Nadu government on a plea seeking a direction to the state to maintain law and order situation and ensure that no agitation, strike or protest by political parties or individuals be allowed against the NEET examination.
The petitioner had also submitted that normal life of citizens was gravely affected due to the ongoing protests on the issue in the state.
The bench will now hear the matter on September 18.
HS toppers urge scrapping NEET; want states to conduct own exams Team MP
5 Sep 2017 10:12 PM
Kolkata: The toppers of Higher Secondary examination who failed to secure a medical seat and have vehemently opposed the implementation of NEET, now raised a demand to scrap it, allowing the states to conduct their own entrance examination. The students also urged the state government to raise the issue with the Centre and take necessary steps so that the Union Health ministry cancels the implementation of NEET allowing the respective state governments to hold their own examination. Read This – Teaching English will be priority: Mamata If the Centre continues with this single level entrance examination in the country, it would be disastrous for the students appearing in the vernacular languages. The students said that the NEET’s design is starkly favourable to the CBSE syllabi — in fact, it is tailor-made to the advantage of CBSE students and thus create an educational imbalance and students from state educational systems remain mostly deprived. Read This – ‘4.5 lakh teaching, non-teaching staff to be brought under Swasthya Sathi’ The examination was devised in English, extended to Hindi but those educated in vernaculars are the worst sufferers. The HS toppers also viewed that the common entrance exam may spell doom for the majority of medical aspirants from the state boards. The poor students who were unable to afford the exorbitant training required to be engaged with national examinations with mechanical expertise would not be able to compete with the urban students studying in CBSE boards. A single level examination cannot be implemented throughout the country. There has been vehement opposition from students, doctors, parents, non-commercial educationists, political parties and even social justice organizations regarding the same. The governments of non-Hindi states have also opposed the move. It may be mentioned here that around 97.48 percent MBBS seats throughout the country have been filled by English medium students. Swayangprabha Shaw, who failed to secure a medical seat despite ranking second in the Higher Secondary examination, said there is an over-arching fear that NEET will provide a huge advantage to students of Delhi-headquartered boards such as the Central Board of Secondary Education. Students from these boards also tend to be more urban, upper caste, rich and less likely to be from non-Hindi states, apart from the principal language of non-Hindi states not being their first language. Debasish Saha, who ranked eighth in the HS but did not get a seat, alleged in the name of NEET that the state boards were being forced to emulate the CBSE syllabi. West Bengal board students who always achieve good results in the state-level medical entrance perform pathetically in the NEET. Due to this, the CBSE syllabus “pattern” has become the standard, while there are many other standard boards across the country. Noureen Hossain, ranked eighth in the Higher Secondary exam, said the CBSE-based NEET syllabus favours those who have undergone their schooling and training in the CBSE/Indian School Certificate framework, the syllabus being a vital component of that framework. State boards with syllabi that differ considerably from the CBSE are at an unfair disadvantage — they have to change or perish for absolutely no fault of their own. Dr A K Maity, who was among the five doctors who wrote to the Prime Minister in this regard, said CBSE lacks the infrastructure to conduct a nationwide entrance examination. It is not easy for a board like CBSE to conduct a single medical entrance examination in 10 different languages in the country.
CBSE boss removed
New Delhi, 1-09-2017
The government today abruptly removed Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi as chairperson of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) amid controversies surrounding the national school board, four years before his tenure was to end.
Chaturvedi has been replaced by Gujarat-cadre IAS officer Anita Karwal, who was an additional secretary in the human resource development ministry.
Chaturvedi, a Madhya Pradesh-cadre officer, will take over as director-general of the National Skill Development Agency, a post not as sought-after as that of CBSE chairperson.
Chaturvedi had been appointed CBSE chief in July last year for five years.
His one-year stint was marked by a series of controversies such as errors in the evaluation of Class XII board exam papers, inflating of marks, alleged setting of tough questions in the NEET to select students for medical courses, asking affiliated schools to follow only those textbooks that are published by the NCERT and the directive to schools to furnish details about their fees and facilities.
Last month, the CBSE withdrew a directive issued by its regional office asking its affiliated schools to recommend NCERT books after the order was stayed by Madras High Court.
On July 24, MPs from Bengal and Tamil Nadu had complained about tough questions being asked to students taking the NEET in their mother tongue.
In the aftermath of complaints of errors in evaluation, the CBSE set up two committees to inquire into the process of identifying and analysing discrepancies and suggesting corrective measures.
Complaints about poor marking and mistakes in adding up marks have been received from across the country. Of the 11 lakh students who took the Class XII exam, nearly 2.47 per cent applied for verification of answer scripts.
The CBSE was also criticised for its policy of moderation of marks under which the board gave extra marks to every student subject to a ceiling of 95 in a paper. Although Chaturvedi was against this policy, the decision to discontinue it was taken at a meeting in April. Delhi High Court set aside the eleventh-hour decision.
Chaturvedi had gone against the government’s wishes and decided to hold the National Eligibility Test once a year instead of twice. The NET is conducted to select assistant professors.
He had told the HRD ministry that the CBSE could not hold the NET because it was burdened with many exams.
His Excellency the President of India Dated – 21-08-2017
Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi – 110 004
Sub : An appeal to intervene for exemption of States and Union Territories from NEET for coming 5 years to improve the current status of state boards educations when the Govt. of India should co-operate to uplift the entire systems considering vernacular language.
With great reverence and humble submission, I would like to draw your kind attention regarding the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test – undergraduate medical (NEET–UG) entrance test for MBBS/BDS admission.
Now I further like to draw your kind attention on following matter generating crisis in public domain:
NEET-UG is conducted in accordance with IMC amendment Act, 2016. It was expected, as per Law, that a uniform entrance examination will be conducted throughout the nation in different languages. In our vast country, there are at least 36 boards to impart 10+2 education with certain variations in their curriculum, teaching procedure, etc.
As a result, in NEET (UG) 2017, candidates appearing in languages other than English and Hindi scored very poor marks. Situation has gone to the extent that even in different states the top scorers in 10 +2 level could not get admission in medical course even in their own state, this time. This is a completely new development and is generating enormous frustration and fuelling up anger not only among the candidates also among the population at large in non-Hindi speaking states, particularly.
As per CBSE Notice dated 07/05/2017, total number of NEET-UG 2017 seats are 90,000 out of 65,000 MBBS & 25,000 BDS.
On published result of NEET (UG) 2017, it is observed that 97.48% MBBS seats in India are filled up by English version students and only 2.52% MBBS seats by Vernacular Languages students.
(The copy submitted in the Supreme Court by CBSE & Central Govt. on dated 09 – 08 – 2017)
Again, language-wise performance of candidates in NEET -UG 2017 furnished by CBSE & Central Govt. it appears the following :
Students obtained 600 marks & above out of total 720 are 2795 from English Version and only 1 from Vernacular Languages. Usually candidates obtained very good rank secured 600 & above marks got admitted in different prestigious / famous / renowned Medical Colleges / Universities like Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (BHU), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh, Maulana Azad Med College New Delhi, etc.
Past record shows that, above 37% seats of those prestigious / famous / renowned Medical Colleges / Universities were used to fill by 10 + 2 board meritorious students from Vernacular Languages in every academic year before 2017.
In English Version the total number of candidates obtained above 500 marks out of total 720 are 63,360. In Vernacular Languages only 882 candidates obtained above 500 marks out of total 720.
So, the copy submitted in the Supreme Court by CBSE & Central Govt data shows 97.48% MBBS seats that is 63,360 out of total 65,000 MBBS seats including all Govt. & renowned medical college seats are filled by English Version students and only 2.52% MBBS seats are filled by Vernacular Languages students. This is a very disastrous situation.
In this situation, many state governments are now asking for exemption from NEET to stop unjust discrimination and regional political parties are making hue and cry.
NEET was introduced to bring uniformity in standard of the candidates who aspire for medical education. But the current educational scenario in this vast country is far from such uniformity. So long there will be many boards, many curricula and many medium of instruction, success of NEET as the merit maker is unlikely.
In NEET 2017, poor performance of Vernacular Language students in Tamil Nadu, the observation by Division Bench of Madras High Court stay by Supreme Court is that deficiency in the quality of education rendered in state government schools. Improvement of the current status of state board educations is necessary.
The Central is giving exemption of 1 year from NEET to the state of TN, on the basis of poor performance of meritorious village students of the state. But all 8 vernacular language opted students in NEET 2017 shows poor performance. So, all these vernacular language states should deserve the exemption from NEET on the same basis.
Govt. of India should co-operate to uplift the entire systems considering vernacular language. Minimum five years of exemption from NEET is required to improve the current status of TN, WB, Gujarat, Assam etc.
Different board’s syllabus is different that is not similar/uniform.
Syllabus of NEET is not scientific. e.g. to become a doctor for human beings, no scientific basis of reading Physiology, anatomy & morphology of Plants in details.
Yet, NEET does have its usefulness in current national scenario, viz. for those students who want to go abroad for medical education and want to get admitted at private medical colleges as well as Deemed Universities in India to minimise financial corruption and upliftment of standard of Doctors.
I earnestly request to your goodness to make necessary steps to achieve the goals for public benefits :
i) For exemption of States and Union Territories from NEET for coming 5 years for improvement of states infrastructure for achieving quality of education and uniformity.
ii) Govt. of India should co-operate to uplift the entire systems considering vernacular language.
This earnest appeal is for the intervention towards the benefits of the majority of the students, guardians and peoples of India.
With best regards,
Dr. Amiya. Kumar Maity,
Formerly attached to SSKM Hospital, Kolkata
Director, Dr.Maity Educational & Medical Research Ins.Pvt Ltd.
515/1 Lake Gardens, Kolkata-700045, PS – Lake.
Ph. No. 9830173422 / 9143159986 E.mail : firstname.lastname@example.org,
Enclo – i) Annexure Copy submitted at Hon’ble Supreme Court of India by CBSE on languagewise performance of the Candidates in NEET (UG) a comparison of 2013 & 2017.
ii) News Clips in Millennium Post on 11th August 2017, NEET: 97 % MBBS seats have been bagged by students who wrote papers in English
iii) News Clips in Bartaman Patrika
iv) News Clips in Ei Samay Patrika
NEET: 97 % MBBS seats have been bagged by students who wrote papers in English
PRADIP CHATTERJEE 11 August 2017 | New Delhi
KOLKATA: In a shocking revelation, it has come to light that 97.48 percent of MBBS seats across the country this year have been bagged by the candidates who appeared the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) with English as the medium of examination. Curiously, only 2.52 percent medical seats have been secured by the candidates writing their paper in vernacular languages.
The NEET is the single level medical entrance examination formally introduced in the country from this year. There was a furore after the medical aspirants from Bengal and from some other states alleged that the standard of the question paper in most vernacular languages was much harder than the one in English and Hindi.
As per a notification published by the Central Board Secondary Education (CBSE) on 7 May this year, there are 65,000 undergraduate medical seats in the country. Out of this total figure around 63,360 seats have been secured by English medium students.
2,795 students who wrote their paper English scored 600 marks and over, and only one student appearing in vernacular languages managed to breach the 600 mark. Usually, the candidates who score 600 & above manage to secure admission in different prestigious medical colleges and universities in the country.
In NEET 2017, a lion’s share of these seats in the prestigious medical colleges was secured by English medium candidates. In past years about 44% seats in prestigious medical colleges and universities had been filled by the students from various vernacular languages.
The number of English medium candidates obtaining above 500 marks (out of total 720) is 63,360 out of 65,000 medical seats in the country. The number figure is woefully low when it comes to vernacular students. Only 882 vernacular candidates have managed to score above 500.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Thursday observed that there should be a common question paper for the medical examination – NEET. Hearing a plea filed by a student over the difficulty level of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test, the apex court ruled that CBSE, conducting body, has to file an affidavit informing what mechanism they will opt for conducting the exam from next year.
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97.48% MBBS seats in India filled by English version and 2.52% by Vernacular Languages students
The copy submitted in the Supreme Court by CBSE & Central Govt. on dated 09/08/2017, it is seen that CBSE & Central Govt. are trying to compare the result/performance of NEET 2017 with that of NEET 2013.
CBSE & Central Govt. are trying to establish that the performance of vernacular candidates has improved in NEET 2017.
But this comparison is false and un-scientific.
- In NEET 2013, the rule was that those candidates appeared in vernacular languages, were eligible only for 85% state quota seats of domicile state(s) [according to NEET 2013 Information Bulletin]. As Example, if we consider a candidate from Bengali Version (vernacular), he/she was eligible for only about 2000 medical seats of West Bengal, among the total 90,000 medical seats (65000 MBBS & 25000 BDS) throughout the country.
In NEET 2017, the rule was that 100% seats were open for all Enlish & Vernacular Language opted students.
Thus comparison of performance between NEET 2017 with NEET 2013 is un-scientific.
- In 2013, no meritorious student of vernacular language(s) appeared the exam in vernacular language(s) as there was less number of seats (85% quota Govt. seats of their own state) to compete in those vernacular language. Maximum of the meritorious students of vernacular language(s) appeared NEET 2013 in English because of 100% seats (85% state Govt. Quota seats + Private Med. College seats throughout India + Deemed & University seats) to compete.
- As per CBSE Notice dated 07/05/2017, total number of NEET (UG) 2017 seats = 90,000 seats (65,000 MBBS & 25,000 BDS)
Again, as per languagewise performace of candidates in NEET (UG) 2017 furnished by CBSE & Central Govt. it is seen the following :
- Students obtained 600 marks & above (out of total 720) are 2795 from English Version and only 1 from Vernacular Languages. Usually candidates obtained very good rank (secured 600 & above marks) got admitted in different prestigious/ famous/renowned Medical Colleges/ Universities like BHU, AMU, Maulana Azad Med College New Delhi, etc.
NEET 2017 performance shows that all these prestigious/ famous/renowned Medical seats are captured by the English Version candidates.
But record shows that, in past years about 44% seats of those prestigious/ famous/
renowned Medical Colleges/ Universities were used to fill by
10 + 2 board meritorious students from Vernacular Languages.
- In English Version the number of candidates obtained above 500 marks (out of total 720) are 63,360.
- In Vernacular Languages the number of candidates obtained above 500 marks (out of total 720) are 882 only.
So, data shows 97.48% MBBS seats (63,360 out of total 65,000) including all Govt. & renowned medical college seats are filled by English Version students only.
- In NEET 2013 there was a single question paper and translation was done in different vernacular languages.
But in NEET 2017, the English question paper was different, easier and completely NCERT based. Whereas the vernacular language question paper was more tough , difficulty level was high and was not NCERT based.
Thus comparison between NEET 2013 with NEET 2017 is un-scientific.
- In NEET 2017, poor performace of Vernacular Language students in Tamil Nadu, the observation by Madras High Court is that deficiency in the quality of education rendered in state government schools.
Improve the current status of state board educations.
6) Thus minimum five years of exemption from NEET is required to improve the current status of TN, WB, Gujarat, Assam, Puducherry etc.
- Different board’s syllabus is different and not similar/iniform.
- There is no books/material for students in vernacular languages to prepare for NEET.
- syllabus of NEET and CBSE is not scientific.g. to become a doctor for human beings, no scientific basis of reading Physiology, anatomy & morphology of Plants in details.
Discussed NEET issue with Centre, says CM
PUDUCHERRY,JULY 28, 2017
Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy on Friday said that he met the Union Health Minister during President Ram Nath Kovind’s oath taking ceremony in Delhi and sought approval to exempt Puducherry from NEET.
He told presspersons here that the Puducherry government had submitted a draft Bill to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare seeking approval to exempt the Union Territory from NEET till they completely converted the State syllabus into the one prescribed by the CBSE.
He said: “The Union Health and Family Welfare Minister said that they will discuss with the law department and consider our request based on language and syllabus issues. We met the Finance Minister. We informed him that both Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have sought exemption. They have told us that they would decide in a couple of days.”
The Chief Minister said that since Puducherry follows Tamil Nadu State board syllabus, the students here could not compete with those who studied the CBSE syllabus while writing the NEET. “Although there is a Supreme Court judgment, we have sought exemption based on the language and syllabus,” he said.
He told the media that the Medical Council of India had sent a circular to conduct counselling. “We have completed the first round of counselling. But when we began counselling on July 24, we received requests from students, parents and political leaders to wait till the court judgement on Tamil Nadu case on 85% reservation for the State board students. If we do not wait, students of Puducherry will face problems after the judgment. Considering their demand and to provide opportunities for Puducherry students, we decided to postpone the counselling,” he said.
He added: “We have received demands to pass a law to ensure 50% seats for government quota in deemed universities. While a few medical institutions were against this, there are private medical institutions that have religious and linguistic minority status. In this regard, we have to consult the law department,” Mr.Narayanasamy said.
He added that two days ago the Cabinet passed a resolution claiming 50% medical seats from the deemed universities. “We have sent it to the Central government. The process will take at least a year. We cannot implement this in the current academic year,” he said.
The Chief Minister was optimistic that the Centre’s decision would be in their favour in terms of securing exemption from NEET.