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 : email@example.com,
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.