Letter to Mr Prakash Javadekar  Hon’ble Minister of HRD ,  Dt – 24-10-2018 Sub – Division of Kolkata centre, arrangement for snacks and mineral water in NEET(UG)/Bengaluru : No NEET needed to study medicine abroad DECCAN CHRONICLE.Published Sep 16/Regarding radical change of NEET (UG) Syllabi as like MCAT Syllabi prepared by Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in United States of America (USA)

 

To                                                                                                                         Dated – 24-10-2018

Mr Prakash Javadekar

Hon’ble Minister of HRD

New Delhi minister.hrd@gov.inrequest-hrd@gov.in

Sub – Division of Kolkata centre, arrangement for snacks and mineral water in NEET(UG)

Respected Sir,

With great reverence and humble submission, I would like to draw your kind attention about the problems aroused last year regarding choice of NEET Examination centre in Kolkata. Centre Kolkata City Code was 5148 for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test – Under Graduate (NEET-UG) -2018.

Kolkata City is extended more or less 65-70 km. from north (North Barasat) to south (Baruipur). In NEET (UG) application form whole Kolkata is brought under a single Centre with centre code 5148. Students have to tick the centre choice as Kolkata in on-line application fill-up of NEET (UG).

It is noticed that Exam Centre of South Kolkata based students are put in North Kolkata and vice -versa. The NEET (UG) examination is usually held on Sunday. Last year, the first entry slot was from 7 a.m.

To travel 65-70 km it is required to start the journey at early dawn. One can hardly find a public transport in this city at early morning. Moreover, Sunday is holiday, there occurs scarcity of public transports. In Kolkata, Metro Rail starts its journey from 10 am onwards in Sunday. Students and guardians are harassed due to such mismanagement in setting Exam Centre(s) by the NEET (UG) authority. Even they have to arrange private vehicle with high price to reach the exam centre in time.

Many Kolkata-based candidates and guardians became worried that they may not reach the centre in time even if they start in early morning on the day of exam. They try to stay in a hotel or lodge near-by the exam-centre to overcome the difficulty.

Many candidates of remote places of near-by Kolkata districts put their centre choice in Kolkata. Suppose a candidate has to travel about 30 km to reach South Kolkata from his/her place. When his/her exam centre is allotted in North Kolkata, it is became mandatory to hire a room in a hotel or lodge near-by the exam-centre.

Due to huge rush, the price of hotel room goes high. All these make extra burden to the students and guardians.

In NEET (UG) 2018, Delhi city was divided in five codes: Delhi (central) 5023, Delhi (east) 5024, Delhi (north), Delhi (south) 5026, Delhi (west). Like Delhi, city Kolkata also to be divided at least 4(four) parts – Kolkata (central), Kolkata (north) , Kolkata (south) and South 24 Parganas for NEET (UG) exam centre. Last year NEET (UG) authority added the South 24 Parganas with Kolkata centre and put the Baruipur (of South 24 Parganas) as a Kolkata centre.

Further, I like to draw your kind attention about the exam centre Entry Slots in NEET (UG). Till last year, the two entry slots were 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. respectively. The transportation is not well in such an early morning all over India.

The candidates have to enter the examination hall in the stipulated time of entry.  If we count from the starting of first entry slot, candidates have stay more or less 6 hours inside the examination hall with no food and water. Though water is provided in exam hall, somewhere it is not even suitable for drinking. If authority may provide minimum 1 litre mineral water, biscuits and/or cakes it will hardly costs Rs. 40 to Rs. 50 in total. If the examining authority thinks they may include the cost with application fees.

So my earnest request to you

(i) To give instruction to the examining authority to divide Kolkata centre into Kolkata (central), Kolkata (north), Kolkata (south) and South 24 Parganas, so that candidates can fill their centre choice as per their own in NEET (UG) 2019 on-line application.

(ii) To give instruction to the examining authority to make two Entry Slots in the examination hall staring from 8 a.m. onwards.

(iii) To give instruction to the examining authority to hold the NEET (UG) examination between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. instead of 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. which we be convenient for all.

(iv) To give instruction to the examining authority to arrange for minimum 1 litre mineral water, biscuits and/or cakes in the examination hall before start of examination.

Hope, your good office will take necessary action for the benefits of the majority of the students, guardians and people of India.

With best regards,

Yours sincerely,

  1. i) Dr.Amiya Kumar Maity, Director, Dr. Maity Educational & Medical Research Ins. Pvt. Ltd. Formerly attached to SSKM Hospital, Kolkata. WB

Contact – 515/1 Lake Gardens, Kolkata-700045, PS – Lake. M – 9830173422 email : drmaity_rainbow@rediffmail.com

 

Copy to –

  1. i) Jagat Prakash Nadda The Hon’ble Minister of Health and Family welfare,Govt. of India NirmanBhawan, New Delhi-110 011011 hfwminister@gov.in
  2. ii) The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Smt Anupriya Patel 09013869482 (M) patel@sansad.nic.in mirzapur.mp@gmail.com

iii) Ms. Mamata Banerjee, Hon’ble acting Chief Minister Govt. of West Bengal. Chief Ministers of all states

  1. iv) Shri R. Subrahmanyam ,Secretary, Department of Higher Education, MHRD, Chairman , NTA , C-20 1A/8 ,Sector 62 IITK Outreach Centre,  NOIDA-201309  ntanationaltestingagency@gmail.com
  2. v) Dr. Sanjay Shrivastava Secretary Genera , MCI secy-mci@nic.in
  3. vi) Sh. Vineet Joshi , Member Secretary ,Director General, National Testing Agency (NTA) C-20 1A/8 ,Sector 62 , IITK Outreach Centre, NOIDA-201309  ntanationaltestingagency@gmail.com

vii) Dr. V. K. Paul, Member, NITI Aayog,  Chairman , MCI

vii) others

To                                                                                                     Dated – 24-10-2018

 

Mr Prakash Javadekar

Hon’ble Minister of HRD

New Delhi minister.hrd@gov.inrequest-hrd@gov.in

Sub – Division of Kolkata centre, arrangement for snacks and mineral water in NEET(UG)

Respected Sir,

With great reverence and humble submission, I would like to draw your kind attention about the problems aroused last year regarding choice of NEET Examination centre in Kolkata. Centre Kolkata City Code was 5148 for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test – Under Graduate (NEET-UG) -2018.

To travel 65-70 km it is required to start the journey at early dawn. One can hardly find a public transport in this city at early morning. Moreover, Sunday is holiday, there occurs scarcity of public transports.

Many candidates of remote places of near-by Kolkata districts put their centre choice in Kolkata. Suppose a candidate has to travel about 30 km to reach South Kolkata from his/her place. When his/her exam centre is allotted in North Kolkata, it is became mandatory to hire a room in a hotel or lodge near-by the exam-centre.

The candidates have to enter the examination hall in the stipulated time of entry.  If we count from the starting of first entry slot, candidates have stay more or less 6 hours inside the examination hall with no food. Though water is provided in exam hall, somewhere it is not even suitable for drinking.

So my earnest request to you

(i) To give instruction to the examining authority to divide Kolkata centre into Kolkata (central), Kolkata (north), Kolkata (south) and South 24 Parganas, so that candidates can fill their centre choice as per their own in NEET (UG) 2019 on-line application.

 

(ii) To give instruction to the examining authority to make two Entry Slots in the examination hall staring from 8 a.m. onwards.

 

(iii) To give instruction to the examining authority to hold the NEET (UG) examination between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. instead of 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. which we be convenient for all.

 

(iv) To give instruction to the examining authority to arrange for minimum 1 litre mineral water, biscuits and/or cakes in the examination hall before start of examination.

The letter is attached herewith.

Hope, your good office will take necessary action for the benefits of the majority of the students, guardians and people of India.

With best regards,

Yours sincerely,

  1. i) Dr.Amiya Kumar Maity, Director, Dr. Maity Educational & Medical Research Ins. Pvt. Ltd. Formerly attached to SSKM Hospital, Kolkata. WB

Contact – 515/1 Lake Gardens, Kolkata-700045, PS – Lake. M – 9830173422 email : drmaity_rainbow@rediffmail.com

 

 

 

         Bengaluru: No NEET needed to study medicine abroad

                DECCAN CHRONICLE.Published Sep 16, 2018,

Bengaluru: The National-Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test was brought into force in 2013, after much debate and deliberation by the courts. This year, Indian students who want to study medicine overseas, no longer have to appear for NEET.

The Medical Council of India, along with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, has announced a one-time exemption to students who want to study the medical sciences outside India.

Aspirants for he MBBS or any equivalent medical course, can apply by furnishing an undertaking saying they had not registered or appeared for NEET 2018, or read the MCI notification. They (the candidates) can obtain an eligibility certificate from the MCI, before admission into foreign medical institutes. It has also been decided that the Council will consult the Central  Board of Secondary Education, which is in-charge of conducting NEET, to verify whether the undertaking is genuine or not. It can be recalled that such students had to furnish an eligibility certificate from the MCI, which certified that they scored atleast 50% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology in Class 12 or an equivalent exam. On March 8 this year, the MCI had made NEET mandatory even for students aspiring to study abroad. This drew flak from students, who raised their concerns against the move, saying it was unfair to clear another screening test to attain eligibility to practice in India after their studies. “Securing a seat in medical college in India is a challenge.  However, studies here are expensive, with low returns in terms of salary packages after we enter the profession. Studying abroad adds to the exposure we gain over the years, making every rupee we spend worth it. The government has simply placed hurdles in our path all these years so this decision is truly welcome,” said Namitha S, an aspiring doctor.

The new decision has been attributed to the Delhi High Court direction, asking petitioners who voiced concerns against NEET clearance to apply for medical courses abroad to seek a one-time exemption from the Council.  However, students who appeared for NEET 2018 and failed to clear the test will not be allowed to enrolling in any foreign institute.

 

To                                                                               Dated –15.08.2018

Sri Narendra Modi

Hon’ble Prime Minister , Govt. of India, Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

South Block, Raisina Hill, New Delhi, India-110011.

Sub : Regarding radical change of NEET (UG) Syllabi as like MCAT Syllabi prepared by Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in United States of America (USA) – An appeal

Respected Sir,

With great reverence and humble submission, we would like to draw your kind attention for radical change in existing NEET (UG) Syllabi from the near future.

The news article “Some MBBS students got zero or less in NEET Papers” published in the Times of India dated on July 16, 2018, clearly pointed out that there occur many defects in the NEET (UG) syllabi which needs a radical change.

        The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a Medical Entrance Examination for prospective medical students in the United States, Australia, Canada, and Caribbean Islands for Medical Admission. In MCAT they emphasised on medical related topics in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. NEET (UG) syllabi was prepared long before the IMC Act 2016 by CBSE, NCERT and COBSE who have no relation with medical education.

So our earnest request to you,

(i)      To change the NEET (UG) Biology, Physics & Chemistry syllabus like that of MCAT syllabus prepared by Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in United States of America (USA).

 (ii)    To change the MBBS/BDS syllabus following the medical syllabus of United States of America (USA).

The letter is attached herewith.

Hope, your good office will take necessary action for the benefits of the majority of the students, guardians and people of India.

With best regards,

Yours sincerely,

(i)Dr. Amiya Kumar Maity, Director, Dr. Maity Educational & Medical Research Ins. Pvt. Ltd.  Formerly attached to SSKM Hospital, Kolkata. WB

& others

Contact – 515/1 Lake Gardens, Kolkata-700045, PS – Lake.  No – 9830173422 ; E.mail : drmaity4@gmail.com

 

To                                                                                           Dated –15.08.2018

Sri Narendra Modi                                                                       

Hon’ble Prime Minister

Govt. of India, Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

South Block, Raisina Hill, New Delhi, India-110011.

Sub : Regarding radical change of NEET (UG) Syllabi as like MCAT Syllabi prepared by Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in United States of America (USA) – An appeal

 Respected Sir,

With great reverence and humble submission, we would like to draw your kind attention for radical change in existing NEET (UG) Syllabi from the near future.

  1. With reference to a published news in the Times of India dated on July 16, 2018 “Some MBBS students got zero or less in NEET Papers”, it is quite evident that at least 400 students admitted in different medical colleges in 2017-18 session, had got marks in the range of -2 to 0 in Physics and Chemistry wherein full marks were 180 in each subject of Physics and Chemistry. It is to be noted that total marks in NEET was 720 in total Biology, Physics and Chemistry.

This range of obtained marks of -2 to 0 in Physics and Chemistry by MBBS/BDS course admitted students, proves that the Medical Council of India (MCI) approves it. That is pass marks of 10+2 Board Exam in each subject of Physics and Chemistry is sufficient for undergraduate medical admission and no need of passing or obtaining minimum marks in Physics and Chemistry in NEET (UG) entrance examination.

  1. In the session 2018-19, NEET qualifying cut off marks for SC/ST and OBC students was 96 (13.33% or 40 percentile) and for unreserved category it was 119 only (16.53% or 50 percentile) out of total 720 marks.

In this session also, many of the qualified students have got ‘0’ (Zero) or even negative (Minus) marks in Physics and Chemistry out of 180 marks for each. As per MCI’s existing rules and regulations, despite of getting minus marks in one or more subjects one can qualify / pass the NEET (UG) examination, if he or she has got 50 percentile in aggregate in UR category or 40 percentile in aggregate in reserved category.

After occurrence of NEET (UG), the scenario is that every year there are so many students admitting in MBBS/BDS courses by getting ‘0’ (Zero) or even negative (Minus) marks in Physics and Chemistry.

  1. In 10+2 board exam, the pass marks of Physics and Chemistry is 30% for each subject. To appear NEET (UG) entrance students have to pass 10+2 Board examination along with 50% in aggregate in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Thus students have to get at least 30% marks in each of Physics and Chemistry to appear the NEET (UG) exam. But to get admission in MBBS/BDS course 0 (zero) or negative (minus) marks is also sufficient for the subjects Physics and Chemistry. MCI / DCI are not thinking that students should have sufficient knowledge in these two subjects. Now questions are raised how much portion of Physics and Chemistry syllabi is needed for medical entrance. In MCAT exam the unnecessary parts of Physics and Chemistry are extracted from the exam syllabus.
  2. The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a Medical Entrance Examination for prospective medical students in the United States, Australia, Canada, and Caribbean Islands for Medical Admission. In MCAT they emphasised on medical related topics in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Detail Physics and Chemistry contents of 10 + 2 Board exam syllabi are of no importance. The MCAT Physics syllabus contains Mechanics, Electricity and Biophysics, Chemistry syllabus contains the General Chemistry, Organic chemistry and Inorganic chemistry part which are necessary and in Biology, the Botany-Zoology portion are not included but emphasis given on Human Physiology, Human Anatomy, General Biology and Medical Zoology.

In our country the NEET (UG) syllabi was prepared long before the IMC Act 2016 by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE) who have no relation with medical education. Before the IMC Act 2016, MCI replied vide a letter that medical entrance syllabus is not under purview of MCI. In IMC Act, 2016 the MCI has given the power. Now MCI can prepare the medical entrance syllabus with the help of expert doctors giving importance on medical related topics.

  1. In NEET (UG) Syllabi, about 85% Physics syllabus is forcefully loaded before the students. In chemistry 40% is forcefully loaded. It is needed to exclude this much portion of Physics & Chemistry from medical entrance syllabi. In Biology, 40 % syllabus will have to be reduced if MCAT Syllabi is followed. Plant Anatomy, Plant Morphology, Plant Physiology and Zoology, Classification of Plant & Animal kingdom etc. are unnecessarily included in Medical Entrance Syllabus.
  2. Qualities of the American Medical students as well as medical professionals were unquestionable in whole world. We can’t deny it. If scope is available most of the valued Indian undergoes medical treatments in America instead of India. Moreover many countries throughout the world follow the American medical books, syllabus & curriculum. They are also taking help of American instruments, on-line library in medical sciences. Why don’t we follow the Medical Entrance syllabi and others as like MCAT. It would enrich the quality of Indian medical Students as well as medical professionals. Before 1980s, the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE) Board used to furnish the obtained marks of each subjects in entrance examination. Many students, who passed WBJEE before 1980s with very poor marks in Physics, are now internationally acclaimed.
  3. In 10+2 syllabus, Botany, Zoology and Human Physiology all three branches of biology are included because 10+2 passed students opt various specialized streams for higher studies like agriculture, veterinary, MBBS/BDS etc. To perform good result in 10+2 standard, it is not necessary to read all parts of syllabus of these subjects in depth. But to face the questions of competitive exam like NEET (UG) etc, students have to know the syllabus in depth.

Thus, whoever wants to be a human doctor, like the MCAT Syllabi, no need to read the botany portion like plant physiology, morphology, anatomy, plant reproduction, classification of plants & animals etc., and zoology part like cockroach etc as these parts of syllabus are not related to MBBS course at all. They should know General Biology, Genetics, human physiology, human anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, applied physiology etc better that are also included in 10 + 2  syllabus. Due to the insufficient basic knowledge in this line, the overall standard of the MBBS doctors are degrading, having a long term effect on the health care system of our country. Reserve category students who are joining the medical course, their poor standard in human physiology signifies that they have pressurised to read unnecessary syllabus in entrance.

  1. Previously, the First Professional MBBS course duration was 2 yrs. Thereafter it is reduced to 1 ½ yrs and now further reduced to 1 year. In one year time students have to read human anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. Syllabus remains same as before but time reduced to half. If the medical aspirants do not know basic parts of human physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, then it is difficult for them to grasp all these subjects in detail in short time. Subsequently, it will have a negative effect in understanding other subjects like surgery, medicine, gynaecology, pathology, forensic, preventive and social medicine, eye, ENT etc.

Also it is needed to change the MBBS/BDS syllabus & curriculum following the medical syllabus of United States of America (USA) to prepare quality doctors.

  1. The news article in the Times of India dated on July 16, 2018 clearly pointed out that there occur many defects in the NEET (UG) syllabi which need a radical change. Students are learning the basics of science subjects at 10+2 standard. To pass 10+2 standard, no need to read the topics unrelated to medical curriculum in depth. To complete the vast Medical syllabus within four and half years, needs idea on the basics of Biophysics and Human Physiology and Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pathology, Forensic Medicine, Preventive and Social Medicine, Surgery, Medicine and Gynaecology, Eye and ENT etc.

So our earnest request to you,

  • To change the NEET (UG) Biology, Physics & Chemistry syllabus

Like that of MCAT syllabus prepared by Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in United States of America (USA).

(ii)   To change the MBBS/BDS syllabus following the medical syllabus of United States of America (USA).

We do earnestly request the intervention of the PMO office to shape the NEET (UG) and Medical syllabus in coming future to shape the Indian Medical Stream to produce quality doctors in time. PMO office always takes immediate action as seen from our previous experience.

Hope, your good office will take necessary action for the benefits of the majority of the students, guardians and people of India.

With best regards,

Yours sincerely,

  1. i) Dr. Amiya Kumar Maity, Director, Dr. Maity Educational & Medical Research Ins. Pvt. Ltd. Formerly attached to SSKM Hospital, Kolkata. WB
  2. ii) Dr. Priyanka Maity, Director, Dr. Maity Educational & Medical Research Ins.Pvt. Ltd. Ex-Medical Officer, M R Bangur Hospital, Kolkata, WB, Teacher in Biology Faculty.

iii) Dr. Shankhadip Mula, specialist in Radio-diagnosis, attached in ESI, Joka iv) Mr. Abhijit Sardar, Assistant Teacher in Chemistry v) Mr. Manabendu Sadhu, Physics Teacher vi) Joy Halder, Student of Burdwan Medical College, WB vii) Aparajita Samanta, NEET (UG) appearing student viii) Susovan Ghosh, Medical Student of Abroad ix) Sayani Tudu, Class XII Science Student x) Ashok Adhikary, Guardian of NEET (UG) aspirant, Purba Medinipur, WB

Contact – 515/1 Lake Gardens, Kolkata-700045, PS – Lake.  No – 9830173422 ; E.mail : drmaity4@gmail.com

Enclo :  i) MCAT Syllabus for Biology, Physics and Chemistry ii) The MCAT® Essentials for Testing Year 2018, 1stand 30thpages for MCAT details Syllabus – AAMC MCAT Content Outline iii) The news article in the Times of India dated on July 16, 2018

Copy to –

  1. i) Mr. Jagat Prakash Nadda The Hon’ble Minister of Health and Family welfare,Govt. of India Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi-110 011011 hfwminister@gov.in
  2. ii) Prakash Javadekar Hon’ble Minister of HRD, of India New Delhi. hrd@gov.in request-hrd@gov.in

iii) The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Smt Anupriya Patel 09013869482 (M) Anupriyasingh.patel@sansad.nic.in  mirzapur.mp@gmail.com

  1. iv) Ms. Mamata Banerjee, Hon’ble Chief Minister Govt. of West Bengal.and Chief Ministers of all states
  2. v) Partha Chatterjee, Hon’ble Higher Education Minister Govt. of West Bengal and of all states michighedu@wb.gov.in
  3. vi) Office of the Hon’ble Supreme Court Mandated Oversight Committee on MCI , 2nd Floor, Academic Block, National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Munirka, New Delhi – 110067.Contact Numbers: 011-26183846, 26160158 Email Address: mci.sc@gmail.com

vii) Jayshreeben Mehta, President of Medical Council of India, Medical Council of India Pocket – 14, Sector 8, Dwarka New Delhi – 110077, drjayshree1943@gmail.com,president-mci@nic.in

viii) The Secretary, MCI

  1. ix) The President of DCI
  2. x) The DME, the Government of West Bengal and all states
  3. xi) The Principal Secretary, Government of West Bengal, Health and Family welfare Dept. and all states & others.

xii) The Chairman, CBSE board Shiksha Kendra, 2, Community Centre, Preet Vihar, Delhi – 110092 Email: chmn-cbse@nic.in

xiii) VC, The West Bengal University of Health Sciences and all medical University bhabatos@yahoo.co.in / bhabatos@gmail.com

xiv) Director (NEET) Central Board of Secondary Education, Shiksha Kendra, 2, Community Centre, Preet Vihar, Delhi-110 092. aipmt.cbse@nic.in cbsecc@gmail.com

  1. xv) Sh. Vineet Joshi, Member Secretary , Director General, National Testing Agency (NTA) ntanationaltestingagency@gmail.com

xvi) The President of IMA

xvii) The President of all state IMA

xviii)  Others   

                                                   MCAT Syllabus

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a examination for prospective medical students in the United States, Australia, Canada, and Caribbean Islands.

                                         Chemistry 

General chemistry: 1. Basic terms and concentration units in chemistry 2. The Periodic table  3. Electron configuration of the atom – Quantum theory  4. Chemical bonds  5. Chemical reactions  6. Solutions 7. Colligative properties of solutions  8. Chemical equilibrium

  1. Acid base balance 10. Thermodynamics 11. Molecularity and rate of chemical reactions 12. Electrochemistry- Oxidation Reduction reactions

 

Organic chemistry – 1. Isomers 2. Types and mechanisms of organic reactions  3. Hybrid states of organic compounds 4. Bonds in organic compounds 5. Alkanes and alkenes   6. Alkyl halides and aryl halogenides  7. Aromatic compounds  8. Oxygen containing organic compounds   9. Oxo compounds  10. Carboxyl group 11. Sulfur containing organic compounds  12. Nitrogen containing organic compounds

 Inorganic chemistry – 1. Properties of water  2. Properties and characteristics of metals  3. Oxide molecules  4. Grouped elements – Characteristics and typical reactions

                                                           BIOLOGY

  1. Basic properties of life 2. Evolution 3. Macromolecules – Carbohydrates, Lipids, Proteins, Nucleic acids 4. Cell structure and basic function 5. Cellular membrane  6. Enzymes and Bioenergetics
  2. Photosynthesis 8. The cell cycle 9. DNA synthesis    10. Meiosis, Mitosis  11. Basic Genetics   12. Protein synthesis  13. Gene regulation    14. Genetic diseases   15. Pathogens – Viruses, Bacteria, Parasite     16. Types of tissues in the human body

The Human Body – 1. The Cardiovascular system  2. The Lymphatic system  3. The Gastrointestinal system  4. The Excretory system 5. The Respiratory system  6. The Nervous system  7. The Immune system  8. The Endocrine system   9. The Sensory organs   10. The Reproductive systems  11. Embryology  12. The Musculoskeletal system

                                                                Physics

Mechanics – 1. Energy 2. Momentum  3. Newton’s laws 4. Fluids 5. Linear and angular movement

 Electricity – 1. Basic terms- Current, Voltage, Resistance 2. Capacitors 3. Series and parallel connections  4. Magnetism

Biophysics – 1. Radioactivity  2. Optics  3. Electromagnetic radiation 4. Sound waves, ultrasound

                                                              THE END

                                    Times of India

Some MBBS Students Got 0 or Less In NEET Papers

Rema Nagarajan, Jul 16, 2018

NEW DELHI: With no cut-off for individual subjects – physics, chemistry and biology—in the NEET entrance exam, at least 400 students with single-digit marks in physics and chemistry and 110 students with zero or negative marks in them have been admitted for MBBS in 2017, mostly in private colleges. This raises a question. If getting zero in these subjects doesn’t make a person ineligible for admission, why bother to test in that subject at all?

Interestingly, the original notification to adopt a common entrance examination had stipulated that students should score at least 50% in individual subjects. However, the subsequent notification, which brought in the percentile system, dropped the stipulation on marks in individual subjects.TOI analysed the subject marks of 1,990 students who got admitted to MBBS with NEET scores of less than 150 out of 720 in 2017. We found 530 with single-digit marks, zero or less in physics or chemistry or even both.

There would be many more such examples among those admitted in MBBS courses with aggregate marks above 150. Out of these 530, 507 were in private medical colleges. The average tuition fees paid by them (not including hostel, mess, library and other miscellaneous charges) were about Rs 17 lakh per annum showing how rich students with abysmal NEET marks have effectively been able to buy their way into medical colleges. NEET, promising a merit-based selection, was meant to prevent exactly this.

About half of these students are in deemed universities which would be free to conduct their own final MBBS examination. Once cleared, these exams would allow their students to register and practise as doctors.

NEET was first mooted in a December 2010 gazette notification of the Medical Council of India (MCI), then administered by the government appointed Board of Governors. The notification specified that eligibility for the MBBS course would be by obtaining at least 50% of marks (or 40% in the case of reserved categories) in “each paper of NEET”. However, a subsequent MCI notification in February 2012 not only changed the eligibility criteria from 50% and 40% to 50th and 40th percentile, but also did away with minimum marks in each paper. When the Supreme Court in 2016 reversed its earlier order to pave the way for NEET to be implemented, it effectively revived this notification.

Dr K K Talwar who headed the BoG in 2012 explained to TOI that faced with stiff resistance to NEET from state governments, the focus then was on finding a way to get NEET accepted. “If the NEET results over the years show that the percentile cut off is too low, or that minimum marks need to be fixed, there is nothing stopping the MCI from making necessary amendments,” said Dr Talwar.  

                                                 The Indian Express

HRD Ministry may roll back decision on NEET conduct,    10-08-18

The NEET, which is the gateway for admissions to medical institutions across the country and abort, will continue as an annual pen-and-paper test, at least till 2019.

A MONTH after HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar announced that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) will be conducted online and twice a year from 2019, the government is likely to roll back the decision.

The NEET, which is the gateway for admissions to medical institutions across the country, will continue as an annual pen-and-paper test, at least till 2019, The Indian Express has learnt. In all probability, the CBSE, and not the National Testing Agency or NTA, will conduct the examination even next year.

The HRD Ministry’s keenness to put off any changes in the NEET’s conduct is influenced by the Health Ministry, which fears an online (read computer-based) test would put students from rural and economically poor families at a disadvantage.

Addressing a press conference on July 6, Javadekar had announced that the newly formed NTA would now conduct national- level entrance examinations — NET, NEET, JEE (Mains) — that were organised by the CBSE. According to the examination calendar released by him, JEE (Mains) would be held in January and April, NEET was suppose to be conducted in February and May. National Eligibility Test or NET would be conducted in December.

The Health Ministry, The Indian Express has learnt, sent a letter to the HRD Ministry within three days stating that the public announcement on the NEET was made “without formal consultation” with them.

In its letter, the Health Ministry listed eight problems that it anticipated because of Javadekar’s announcement. Apart from concerns that a test in online mode would put poor and rural students at a disadvantage, the Health Ministry had a problem with the examination calendar announced for the NEET.

“It is proposed that the NTA would conduct exam in February and May. Typically, Class 12 students also appear in the Board exams during February-March period. This would suggest a continuous period of 4-5 months of exams for the students and may add to the pressure on students,” the Health Ministry’s letter states.

“The NTA would have to maintain a large question bank to cater to the proposed patter of exam. With 16 sessions in a year, the bank is likely to be depleted of novelty very early. A potential misuse could be coaching centres fielding dummy candidates in every session to note the questions asked in the exam,” the letter also states.

Following this, a meeting was held between officers of the Health and HRD ministries. The latter is learnt to have agreed to maintain status quo, only for the NEET, till 2019.

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NTA may conduct JEE, NEET 2019 in pen & paper format, to be computer based and not online: Prakash Javadekar Updated Jul 30, 2018 Times Now Digital

HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar in the question hour today in Lok Sabha clarified that JEE and NEET examination would be conducted in computer based test format and not online formats. He also shared that government is considering conducting JEE and NEET 2019 in pen and paper format as well.

NTA may also conduct JEE, NEET 2019 in pen and paper format NTA may also conduct JEE, NEET 2019 in pen and paper format |Photo Credit: Representative Image New Delhi: Replying to the objections raised by AIDMK in Lok Sabha over the centralised medial and engineering tests, MHRD Minister Prakash Javadekar clarified that JEE and NEET examination would be computer based tests and not ‘online’ tests. Taking further cognizance of the fact that students may find computer based tests difficult, Javadekar has also pointed out that NTA may allow pen and paper based tests for JEE and NEET in the transitional first year.AIDMK had today raised the issue of National Testing Agency in Lok Sabha today. The leader countered that the examinations should be conducted by State Governments and not centrally.MHRD had recently declared the official start of operations for National Testing Agency, which would be taking over JEE Main examination as well as NEET exam for undergraduate medical and dental admissions from CBSE. NTA would be conducting both the entrance examination in computer based formats and twice a year, starting 2019.M Thambui Durai (AIDMK) raised the concerns of a centralized testing and suggested that the rural problem of doctors cannot be solved by these measures. He also pointed out that State governments should be given the freedom to conduct these examinations.It was during this that Prakash Javadekar, HRD Minister confirmed that as many as 24 lakh students appear for JEE and NEET examinations. Also, he pointed out that State Governments hold tests in which about 1.50 crore students appear. (PTI)In response to a supplementary question, HRD Minister clarified that JEE And NEET examination would be Computer Based Tests and Not Online tests. This would be done, as per his reposnse, while keeping in mind that online connection may not be available in rural areas.

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City doctor urges PM to reconsider decision of holding NEET online 

28 July 2018

Kolkata: A city doctor has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to reconsider the decision of conducting the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) online twice in a year as it may put the medical candidates, particularly those opting for vernacular languages, in jeopardy.

In his letter to the Prime Minister, Dr Amiya Kumar Maity, who was attached to SSKM Hospital, pointed out a number of issues which might cause difficulties in conducting the examination in a smooth manner.

Earlier this month, the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry announced that a newly formed National Testing Agency (NTA) would conduct the national- level examinations like NEET, JEE (Main), which were earlier organised by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

It also proposed that NEET would be conducted in February and May. The exam would be conducted in 11 languages across the country.

Dr Maity said it would not be possible for the newly formed NTA to conduct the NEET examination, which will witness around 14 lakh examinees. The NTA has no adequate mechanism to conduct the examination without flaws. Conducting such an examination across the country in various regional languages apart from Hindi and English is not an easy task. The NTA will conduct the exam next year for the first time ever, Dr Maity maintained.

He also said that many of the medical aspirants in the state are from the rural areas where computer reach is not so high. The students do not have sound knowledge on computer use. In this context, many meritorious students from the far off areas would face difficulties while appearing for the examination online. He also urged the Prime Minister to take some steps so that exam can be held in two format like Preliminary and Main, so that a candidate can be judged on the basis of both the exams. According to the proposal by the HRD Ministry, a student can appear for the exam twice and his/her highest marks will be taken into consideration to determine his/her rank.

“There will be class XII examinations during February when the first segment of NEET exam is proposed to happen. As a result, many of the candidates will not be able to give extra effort for the national-level medical entrance examination,” Dr Maity pointed out. He also requested the PM to give an order to hold the NEET (UG) for the year 2019 in the offline mode as earlier, so that the NTA gets enough time to get ready with the online examination. He also urged the PM to take NEET (UG) entrance from the year 2020 onwards by online mode.

 

 

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Dated – 26-07-2018

Sri Narendra Modi

Hon’ble Prime Minister

Govt. of India, Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

South Block, Raisina Hill, New Delhi, India-110011.

Sub : Regarding NEET(UG) entrance to be held twice a year in a fully computerised manner from the coming session 2018-19 by NTA as announced by the HRD Ministry, Govt. of India – An appeal

Respected Sir,

With great reverence and humble submission, we would like to draw your kind attention about forthcoming problems if NEET (UG) entrance is held twice in a year by online examination.

  1. The HRD Ministry, Govt. of India has announced that from the session 2018-19 onwards undergraduate NEET entrance will be held twice in a year, for the first time in the month of February and second time in the month of May. Each aspirant can appear the examination twice, if he/she wishes. The best of two scores will be considered to prepare Rank-list.

It is noticed that Final Examination of most of the 36 numbers of 10+2 Boards occurs in the month of February. NEET examination is held on syllabus  of both Class XI & XII. But the 10+2 Board’s Final Examination is held only on XII syllabus. Question patterns of NEET Examination and 10+2 Board Examination is totally different. Depth of required knowledge to appear the both also differs.

It will be likewise, when the 10+2 Board exam appeared students will just complete the syllabus, all repeater NEET aspirants have read 10 times the same syllabus.

Repeater NEET aspirants will get extra 2 years 10 months or 1 year 10 months or minimum 10 months time to prepare the NEET syllabus before appearing the entrance.

Thus it will be obvious that 10+2 Board exam appeared NEET aspirants will practically get one chance, as the February entrance of NEET (UG) will simultaneous with their 10+2 Board Final Exam when they will be not even prepared for their best. On the other hand, repeater NEET aspirants will enjoy both times examination. Thus two times NEET (UG) examination will be an unequal competition. All aspirants will not be correctly judged. AIIMS & JIPMER authority schedule their own undergraduate entrance test date leaving sufficient time after all Board’s exam so that all 10+2 appeared students don’t face problem. NEET (UG) examination twice in a year is not a good step for meritorious students and the society also. It is fact that maximum meritorious students are from fresh batch.

  1. Meritorious 10+2 Board exam appeared students of villages are not efficient for online examination. They have no clear idea about online examination. Even they will remain inattentive to take training for online examination before the Board examination. They will remain inattentive though NTA arrange online training for them.
  2. For NEET (UG) exam the students have to pay twice the fees Rs 1400+ Rs 1400 for two times exam. To appear NEET examination in online system, meritorious students of remote villages have to come in metro cities or near about metro cities by a long journey. It will cost minimum Rs 10000/- (ten thousands) to 12000/- (twelve thousand) or even more for travelling, fooding and lodging for candidate & guardian in two times appearance. It is too high as compared to the previous system when individual states would hold their own medical entrances it would cost hardly Rs. 500/- (five hundred only). As state used to arrange the examination centres even at remote villages. It will not be possible for poor meritorious students of villages to appear NEET (UG) twice in a year due to its high expense.
  3. As there will be chances to appear NEET (UG) twice in a session, the opportunists will try to achieve the goal by various illegal ways at any cost in both occurrences. Thus there will be huge circulation of black money, that will be against your motto.
  4. Central government (HRD ministry) appointed Siddiqui committee headed by the retired Justice, had suggested earlier in 2015 that conducting two stage examination just like that would held for All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Test before the year 2013. It will reduce the malpractice and also various irregularities in the nationwide examination.

Thus, the February entrance of NEET (UG) may be the Preliminary examination. This entrance will shortlist the qualified candidates. All qualified students will be eligible for Private Medical & Dental College admission and also to go abroad for medical studies. This System is followed by IIT for their admission.

Prelim qualified students will be eligible for 2nd examination in the month of May that will be the Final. The serial rank holders of final entrance will be eligible to take admission in prestigious colleges run under Central Govt./deem universities/universities along with State/Central Govt. quota seats. Thus actual meritorious students will be there in medical course. It is also the various times’ Supreme Court’s verdict and desire of the nation – that merit should have to give priority in the entrance examinations.

From its occurrence (1989) to 2012, the AIPMT/PD examination was held in two phases – Prelim and Final. Only those students will qualify prelim, will be eligible for the Final. All aspirants have not to appear both the examinations.

  1. If 2 times NEET (UG) exam is considered as Prelim and Final, it will short-list the candidates in Preliminary exam. Thus out of the 14 lakh (approx) appeared students, about 7 lakh least meritorious students will be disqualified in the first exam. 1stexamination qualified students will be eligible for medical & dental admission. Of them the best students selected by the second time (Final) NEET (UG) exam will be eligible for prestigious colleges run under Central Govt./deem universities/universities along with State/Central Govt. quota seats.

Tendency of doing malpractice and various irregularities is done maximally by less meritorious students to pass the hurdle. Meritorious students need not to practice such illegal ways. Thus, circulation of huge black money can be stopped in the second time (Final) NEET (UG) exam.

  1. Two times NEET (UG) examination will enhance the tendency of taking coaching for two separate session of entrance for a single medical admission. It will increase the prosperity of coaching institutes only. The students and their guardians will suffer.
  2. If twice NEET (UG) entrance be considered as Prelim and Final, candidates can prepare themselves for online examination going to the NTA set-up computer centres as proposed. In the Prelim examination only qualifying marks would be required. Thus fresh batch candidates may take the February NEET (UG) exam as practice exam, because good marks/rank in Prelim examination will not matter for medical admission. They will be more efficient before the second time (Final) NEET (UG) exam.

 

  1. Recently, NEET (UG) examination is held in 9 regional languages along with English and Hindi as per order of the Central Govt. in reply of tremendous request from various states and organisations. Multi language online examination is never occurred in India. If it is taken forcibly, it will be an experiment and created problem.

Further, in online examination question paper is not left with the candidates. If there remains ambiguity or error in vernacular language question papers, candidates will suffer.

 

  1. The online examination is not safe at all and also not free from errors. This has been repeatedly proved in different court of law in the matter of NEET (PG) and AIIMS online entrance tests.

 

  1. As per the HRD Ministry, Govt. of India, online NEET (UG) will be held in 8 different sittings. The Ministry did not clear how many question sets will be there. As per press media news, if many different sets of questions are set for taking exam of 14 lakh (approx.) students it will be quite impossible to translate all for vernacular version. In NEET (UG) 2018, there were more than 181 numbers of mistakes in total 180 numbers of questions.

The hardness and difficulty level of all sets will obviously vary. There is no such machinery to assess the hardness and difficulty level of so many sets of question papers. Thus equal judgement is never possible. In NEET (UG) like highly competitive exam, there occurs overlapping of about 800 students in same marks. If the hardness and difficulty level of all question papers not be same, it will be injustice for the aspirants.

Previously in post-graduate medical entrance, online test would be held in different sittings in many question sets. But from current session, NEET (PG) is being held in a single sitting with single set question paper throughout India.

 

  1. In off-line entrance examination, the NEET (UG) aspirants could view their OMR sheet and Response sheet also. The opportunity of viewing OMR sheet and Response sheet is achieved after long tussle and as per order of the Hon’ble SC. In online examination candidates would not view their OMR sheet.

 

  1. Newly formed NTA has no experience to hold the entrance of such vast numbers of students. And it is not possible to arrange all infrastructures within such a short period of time.

No such machinery is there to hold the examination of approx. 14 lakh candidates at a time in a single set question paper.

 

So our earnest request to you

 

(i)      Give an order to hold the NEET (UG) for the year 2019 in off-line mode as earlier, so that NTA can get time to be ready with online examination of vast numbers of candidates.

(ii)     Give an order to take NEET (UG) entrance twice in a year, first time as Preliminary and second one as Final. Preliminary exam qualifying all candidates will be eligible for medical & dental admission in Private Colleges, in abroad and etc. Final exam qualified candidates will be eligible for Govt. MBBS & BDS seats, Deem Universities like BHU, AMU etc.

(iii)    Give an order to take NEET (UG) entrance from the year 2020 onwards by online mode in 8 different sittings with only 8 sets of question papers and then normalization of obtained result.  

Hope, your good office will take necessary action for the benefits of the majority of the students, guardians and people of India.

With best regards,

Yours sincerely,

 

  1. i) Dr.Amiya Kumar Maity, Formerly attached to SSKM Hospital, Kolkata. WB
  2. ii) Dr. Priyanka Maity, Ex-Medical Officer, M R Bangur Hospital, Kolkata, WB.

Contact – 515/1 Lake Gardens, Kolkata-700045, PS – Lake.  No – 9830173422 ; E.mail : drmaity4@gmail.com

Enclo :

  1. i) Press Release by Hon’ble Minister, Govt. of India about NTA
  2. ii) News Clip about Siddiqui’s Committee Report

Copy to –

  1. i) Mr. Jagat Prakash Nadda The Hon’ble Minister of Health and Family welfare,Govt. of India Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi-110 011011 hfwminister@gov.in
  2. ii) Prakash Javadekar Hon’ble Minister of HRD, of India New Delhi. hrd@gov.in request-hrd@gov.in

iii) The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Smt Anupriya Patel 09013869482 (M) Anupriyasingh.patel@sansad.nic.in mirzapur.mp.gmail.com

  1. iv) Ms. Mamata Banerjee, Hon’ble Chief Minister Govt. of West Bengal.and Chief Ministers of all states
  2. v) Partha Chatterjee, Hon’ble Higher Education Minister Govt. of West Bengal and of all states michighedu@wb.gov.in
  3. vi) Office of the Hon’ble Supreme Court Mandated Oversight Committee on MCI , 2nd Floor, Academic Block, National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Munirka, New Delhi – 110067.Contact Numbers: 011-26183846, 26160158 Email Address: mci.sc@gmail.com

vii) Jayshreeben Mehta President of Medical Council of India, President, Medical Council of India Pocket – 14, Sector 8, Dwarka New Delhi – 110077, drjayshree1943@gmail.com,president-mci@nic.in

viii) The DME , the Government of West Bengal and all states

  1. ix) The Principal Secretary, Government of West Bengal, Health and Family welfare Dept. and all states.
  2. x) The Chairman, CBSE board Shiksha Kendra, 2, Community Centre, Preet Vihar, Delhi – 110092 Email: chmn-cbse@nic.in
  3. xi) VC, The West Bengal University of Health Sciences and all medical University bhabatos@yahoo.co.in / bhabatos@gmail.com

xiii) Joint Secretary & Director (NEET) Central Board of Secondary Education, Shiksha Kendra, 2, Community Centre, Preet Vihar, Delhi-110 092. aipmt.cbse@nic.in cbsecc@gmail.com

xiv)  Sh. Vineet Joshi,Member Secretary , Director General, National Testing Agency (NTA) ntanationaltestingagency@gmail.com and Others

 

    

NEET 2018: States to give affidavit on translated papers, says Minister

By Press Trust of India

New Delhi: The government of India would be taking affidavits from state governments on the accuracy of translated NEET question papers from the next year, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said.

The National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education for admission to MBBS/BDS courses.

Javadekar was responding to an issue raised by AIADMK member Vijila Sathyananth regarding the inaccurate translation of NEET questions in Tamil and the problems faced by students during Zero Hour in Rajya Sabha.

She said 49 questions in the paper translated in Tamil were vague due to problems in translation and students suffered. A PIL was filed in this regard and the court awarded grace marks to affected students, she said. Javadekar said as the matter was in court, he won’t speak much on the issue.

He, however, said the translators were provided by the Tamil Nadu government. The Minister further said that from the next year, the Centre would be taking an affidavit from state governments that the translation done by their language experts was correct.

The AIADMK member had also pointed out that students appearing for the NEET exam had to travel to distant places to write the paper. To this, Javadekar said he has already ordered that from the next year there would be no displacement of students. As another member wanted to speak on the issue, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said the minister has assured the House that students need not go to other states and will have the facility to write the exam in their respective places

                                               

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Centre’s decision to conduct online NEET will deprive many: City doctors  Pradip Chatterjee |  10 July 2018

Kolkata: The Center’s decision to conduct nationwide medical entrance examination twice a year by the National Testing Agency (NTA) will deprive the meritorious medical aspirants from far flung districts in the state as the exam would be conducted online only at various centers in the city, feel a section of the city doctors. According to the doctors, the new method of examination lacks transparency and the students have to pay a hefty amount which would be difficult for the poor candidates. Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar earlier said a medical aspirant can take the exam two times a year and the best score will be taken into consideration for admission in the undergraduate course. NEET undergraduate level exam is scheduled to be held in February and May 2019.

NTA will replace the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) that has been organising National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) on behalf of the Medical Council of India and the Health Ministry. The medical entrance examination conducted by the NTA will be a computer-based online examination. According to the minister, the method of examination will check irregularities in the examination, leakage in the question paper.

A section of the city doctors, however, feel otherwise as they have pointed out some flaws in the examination when it is conducted by the NTA. According to them, online NEET is not possible and till now no medical or engineering online examinations have taken place in multi language. The minister, however, said they conduct the online exam in multi-language. According to Dr AK Maity, an expert in the field of medical education said the students have to pay Rs 1400 twice for appearing in the examinations. Earlier, students from the state had to pay Rs 400-500 for the same when it was conducted by the state government. The candidates from the rural areas have to come to Kolkata from far off districts only to appear for the online exam, which is not possible for a section of students.

Students will not be able to bring out the question paper and it can’t be made public. As a result, candidates will not get to know how many mistakes they had committed during the exam. “The new method of examination will invite more irregularities in the examination. It was found through various incidents that there is always a possibility of corruption in the method of online examinations. There is also a possibility of scientific irregularities,” said Dr Maity.

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মামলা দায়ের রাজ্যের ৩ ছাত্রীর

নিজস্ব প্রতিনিধি, কলকাতা: গত বছরের পর ফের এ বছর। ফের ডোমিসাইল ইস্যু অস্বস্তি বাড়াল রাজ্য স্বাস্থ্য দপ্তরের। সরকারের ডোমিসাইল ফর্ম বি পূরণ করে ভিনরাজ্যের ছেলেমেয়েদের এ রাজ্যে ভর্তির সুযোগ করিয়ে দেওয়ার সিদ্ধান্তের বিরুদ্ধে বুধবার মামলা দায়ের হল উচ্চ আদালতে। কলকাতার ঠাকুরপুকুর, বাগুইআটি ও আলিপুরদুয়ার—তিন এলাকার তিন ছাত্রী এই ইস্যুতে রাজ্য স্বাস্থ্য দপ্তর, রাজ্য স্বাস্থ্য বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়, মেডিক্যাল কাউন্সিল অব ইন্ডিয়া, ডেন্টাল কাউন্সিল অব ইন্ডিয়া সহ সংশ্লিষ্ট মহলের বিরুদ্ধে কলকাতা হাইকোর্টের দ্বারস্থ হয়েছেন। তাঁদের অভিযোগ, একাধিক ডোমিসাইল ছাত্রছাত্রীর আবেদন গ্রাহ্য করায় ইতিমধ্যেই সর্বোচ্চ আদালত মধ্যপ্রদেশ সরকারকে এমবিবিএস এবং বিডিএস ছাত্রছাত্রীদের ভর্তির তালিকা বাতিল করে নতুন তালিকা প্রকাশ করতে বলেছে। সেই নির্দেশকে মান্য করে মধ্যপ্রদেশ সরকার ছাত্রছাত্রীদের নতুন তালিকা প্রকাশ করেছে। নিটের ফর্মে পরীক্ষার্থীর দেওয়া ঠিকানাকেই ডোমিসাইল হিসেবে গণ্য হওয়া উচিত। অথচ রাজ্য সেকথা মানেনি।
প্রসঙ্গত, গত বছর তুমুল সমালোচিত হওয়া সত্ত্বেও, নিটের ফলপ্রকাশের পর স্বাস্থ্য দপ্তরের স্বাস্থ্য শিক্ষা শাখা রাজ্যের স্টেট কোটার মেডিক্যাল ও ডেন্টাল আসনে ছাত্রছাত্রীদের ভর্তির জন্য বিতর্কিত ‘ডোমিসাইল নীতি’ নেয়। ফলে রাজ্যের বিভিন্ন মেডিক্যাল ও ডেন্টাল আসনে র্যা ঙ্ক লিস্টে বাংলার পড়ুয়াদের র্যা ঙ্ক আরও নেমে যায়। এ নিয়ে ক্ষুব্ধ এ বছরের নিট পরীক্ষার্থী এবং তাঁদের অভিভাবকদের একটা বড় অংশ। এবিষয়ে মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়ের হস্তক্ষেপ দাবি করে চিঠি পাঠান নিট উত্তীর্ণরা। নিট উত্তীর্ণ তিন পড়ুয়া এবং নিট প্রস্তুতির সঙ্গে যুক্ত শিক্ষক ডাঃ এ কে মাইতি ওই চিঠি পাঠান। তাঁদের অভিযোগ ছিল, ভ্রান্ত ডোমিসাইল নীতি নিয়ে ভিনরাজ্যের ছাত্রছাত্রীদের রাজ্যের সীমিত সংখ্যক আসনে ভর্তির সুযোগ করে দিয়ে আখেরে রাজ্যের ছেলেমেয়েদেরই সমস্যায় ফেলেছে স্বাস্থ্যভবন। ১৫ জুন এমবিবিএস এবং বিডিএস-এ ভর্তির কাউন্সেলিং সংক্রান্ত নির্দেশে এ রাজ্যে বসবাস করেন না, অথচ বাবা কিংবা মা স্থায়ী বাসিন্দা হওয়ায় এ রাজ্যে ভর্তি হতে চান—এমন ছাত্রছাত্রীদের জন্য দরজা খুলে দিয়েছে স্বাস্থ্যভবন। ‘ডেমিসাইল ফরম বি’ পূরণ করলে তাঁরাও এ রাজ্যে ভর্তির সুযোগ পাবেন। যদিও এই চিঠির পরও সরকার এ নিয়ে তাদের অবস্থান বদল করেনি। এ বিষয়ে মামলাকারীদের আইনজীবী মহম্মদ আলাউদ্দিন মণ্ডল বলেন, মধ্যপ্রদেশের একটি মামলার পরিপ্রেক্ষিতে সুপ্রিম কোর্টের নির্দেশ অমান্য করেছে সরকার। ভ্রান্ত ডোমিসাইল নীতি নেওয়ায় এই মামলা হয়েছে। এ বিষয়ে প্রতিক্রিয়া জানাননি রাজ্যের স্বাস্থ্য অধিকর্তা (শিক্ষা) ডাঃ দেবাশিস ভট্টাচার্য।

Low marks no problem: Here’s a NEET way to become a doctor

The developments highlight how NEET, introduced in 2016 as a panacea to regularise medical education, has failed to achieve the target of regulating medical education in India and the rot runs deep.

Published: 24th June 2018

 

NEW DELHI: A Rs 1.2 crore fees-and-expenses sheet released by a private medical college in Lucknow and a suicide by a postgraduate student in Indore have triggered demands to streamline NEET, the entrance test for medicine, which many feel is tailored for sale of seats to highest bidders.

Era Medical College openly asked an astronomical sum of Rs 1.2 crore for MBBS, while the PG student ended her life at Index Medical College after being asked for an additional Rs 10 lakh as fees. NEET, introduced in 2016 as a panacea to regularise medical education, has clearly failed to do so.

Sources in Union Health Ministry and Medical Council of India conceded that a large number of students—over 6.3 lakh —qualify as general category candidates, required to obtain marks equal to or more than the 50th percentile. Yet somebody who scored as low as 18 per cent was declared as “qualified” in NEET-2018.

A Rs 1.2 crore fees-and-expenses sheet released by a private medical college in Lucknow and a suicide by a postgraduate student in Indore have triggered demands to streamline NEET, the entrance test for medicine, which many feel is tailored for sale of seats to highest bidders.

The developments clearly highlight how NEET, introduced in 2016 as a panacea to regularise medical education, has failed to achieve the target of regulating medical education in India and the rot runs deep.
Sources in Union Health Ministry and Medical Council of India conceded that a large number of students — over 6.3 lakh — qualify as general category candidates are required to obtain marks equal to or more than the 50th percentile. It effectively means that half of the total candidates are declared as “eligible”.

Sample this, somebody who scored as low as 18 per cent was declared as “qualified” in NEET-2018 whose results were declared recently.

“This means that while the top rankers fill about 25,000 MBBS seats in government medical colleges, those among the 6 lakh who have deep pockets can buy seats in private colleges. So the system itself benefits private colleges,” an official admitted.

Another official in the ministry said that a delegation of private medical colleges had recently approached the government to further lower the cut-off percentile from next year.
Anand Rai, doctor-activist in Madhya Pradesh who is best-known for exposing Vyapam scam pointed out that while in pre-NEET days, private medical colleges had liberty to offer the seats to anybody without even a test, things have hardly improved.

“It’s all a mess,” he told The Sunday Standard. “The government is openly allowing profiteering by such colleges even though they are run by trusts and are not supposed to earn profits.”

Amit Gupta, a doctor who trains students for NEET in Kota, Rajasthan opined that while NEET is a step in good direction, it has travelled no distance. “If policy makers really want us to believe that they are serious about cleaning the mess-they should do two things-one, fixing cut-off marks rather than percentile for qualifying NEET and setting an upper-limit of fee for MBBS seats,” he said.

According to Gurinder Grewal of Association of Doctors for Ethical Healthcare, things look bleaker as National Medical Commission is set to replace the MCI.

“The NMC bill proposes that there will be fee regulation for 50 per cent of seats in private colleges. The rest will continue to be sold at exorbitant prices. Sadder and rather frightening part is that even after paying such prices, the quality of education students get is questionable,” he said.

“Is the government okay allowing that in a country with such low doctor-patient ratio – India has one allopathic doctor for 11,082 patient as against the WHO recommended ratio of 1:1000?”

Meanwhile, members of resident doctors’ association at AIIMS, Delhi who protested against the two developments on Friday, said that the government is increasingly promoting privatisation of medical colleges.

“We are extremely worried that talented students from poor families will never be able to become doctors in the country and NMC, with its faulty provision, will make the scene worse than it already is,” said Harjit Singh Bhatti, president of the association.

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                              Revised fee structure to land poor medical students in soup

                                                         Pradip Chatterjee  10 Jun 2018

Kolkata: All the private medical colleges in the state are set to revise their fee structures that may cause difficulties to the poor meritorious students during MBBS admissions under the management quota seats.

Due the exorbitant fee hike in the MBBS course, only a handful of students belonging to very rich affluent families, will be able to meet the demands of these private medical colleges from the current academic session, while poor but deserving candidates will fall short of realising their dreams of becoming doctors despite having cleared the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

According to sources, each candidate securing admission in the MBBS course under the management quota has to bear a tuition fee of Rs 57 lakh in the nine semesters altogether.

While students, who will get admission under the state quota seats, have to pay around Rs 14,22,000 for all the nine semester. Earlier, candidates securing admission under the state quota had to pay Rs 10 lakh as tuition fees for the whole course, while the candidates under the management quota used to pay Rs 36 lakh.

The Supreme Court had mandated that all private medical colleges throughout the country have to admit candidates in various undergraduate medical courses through NEET. As a result, the new system of admission imposed restrictions on the selection of candidates by these private medical colleges authorities. It was often alleged that these private medical colleges used to collect exorbitant fees from various students securing admission under the non-resident Indian quota and management quota, despite having a scheduled fee structure fixed by a committee appointed by the state government.

Following the Supreme Court order, the private medical colleges now have to admit candidates through NEET list, whereas in previous years they used to admit candidates on their choice against a huge amount of capitation fees. As there are restrictions, the private medical colleges have now decided to hike the fee structure only to cope with the situation. Following the introduction of NEET, these private medical colleges no longer enjoy the privilege of admitting candidates of their own choice, as all students will have to clear NEET to secure their admission in private colleges. Previously, most of these colleges would charge hefty fees from the candidates under the quota seats. It was often alleged that undeserving candidates got admission in medical courses in private medical colleges.

On conditions of anonymity, a senior official of a private medical college in the state said the fees are hiked as per the recommendation by the state government appointed committee. The colleges had hardly any role to play in this regard, the official claimed.

Dr A K Maity, a city based doctor said: “Poor but meritorious students will be deprived due to the exorbitant fees hike by the private medical colleges. State government must look into the matter.”

NEET paper error : HC blocks one seat till case is heard

Somdatta BasuTNN | Updated: May 31, 2018

KOLKATA: A Calcutta High Court vacation bench has asked the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) authorities to reserve a seat for an examinee till a regular bench decides on her petition challenging the 2018 error-ridden Bengali question paper.

Kalna-based Apala Debnath moved the HC, alleging the Bengali version of the NEET paper had 180 mistakes — though the English version had none — which went against candidates like her. The HC vacation bench, in an interim order last week, asked the NEET authorities to respond to the petition within a week after the HC reconvened on June 4.

Debnath moved court, arguing that the translation errors in the question papers were “negligent, irresponsible and motivated” and that the test booklet contained 180 translation mistakes. The CBSE information bulletin given to examines said the English translation would have to be accepted as the final version if the translation was confusing. Therefore, she argued, examinees like her had to compare the Bengali questions with English versions in the three-hour exam window, which affected her and other candidates. She sought a ban on the publication of result.

Justice Protik Prakash Banerjee gave an interim order last week, seeking a report on why the Bengali question paper had so many errors. “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 asked people not knowing English not to apply, the HC said. The interim order, the HC said, was to ensure that people who wrote the paper in Bengali were not discriminated against for question-paper errors.

“The result may be published but one post/position shall be kept open by NEET authorities. I make it clear that this shall not be a blanket ban on publication of result,” Justice Banerjee said. The HC then posted the matter for hearing by a regular bench. It also said that its observations were “prima facie” and the regular bench would not be bound by them while hearing the matter.

A senior NEET official said they were yet to examine the court order. “Students have to study MBBS in English. That explains the stress on English. Language experts are responsible for translation but many scientific terms cannot be translated into regional languages and this may have led to the problem,” he said, adding they would reply to the court soon.

Experts said the quality of translation was “extremely poor”. “The Bengali version even has unfinished questions,” former SSKM teacher  Dr Amiya Kumar Maity said, giving several examples, including question 74 in text booklet XX.

HC asks collector to probe NEET exam fiasco

TNN | May 26, 2018

 Nagpur: Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on Friday, directed the collector to conduct thorough enquiry into allegations of mismanagement at the NEET centre by a student and submit report by June 4.

A single judge vacation bench comprising justice Zaka Haq also asked CBSE to provide all relevant documents pertaining to rules of national medical entrance test by Monday.

The directives came while hearing a plea by Vaishnavi Maniyar, through counsels — Rohan and Mugdha Chandurkar — contending that she and 22 other students at the centre were handed over the paper 30 minutes late. They were also denied any compensatory time.

 

As the results are scheduled on June 8, the petitioner moved to HC, citing her petition as an urgent matter concerning crucial issue of professional education.

 

 

    Supreme Court Seeks Centre, Kerala Reply On Plea Against Nativity Criterion

Indo-Asian News Service | Updated: May 21, 2018

NEW DELHI:  The Supreme Court on Monday sought the response from the Centre, Kerala and the MCI on a medical college plea seeking direction to provide for the option of filling up seats through central counselling. It also asked to quash a Kerala government decision fixing a nativity criterion for admission.

A bench, headed by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, asked the Central and state governments, the Medical Council of India and the Commissioner of Entrance Examinations to file their response and posted the matter for May 28.

The plea, filed by Kunhitharuvai Memorial Charitable Trust Medical College, sought that private self-financing institutions be enabled to access central counselling and fill up seats from an all-India pool of students from this academic year.

It also asked to strike down the Kerala government decision fixing a nativity criterion for admission in Under Graduate and Post Graduate courses, which it said is “discriminatory”.

The institution also said that due to the nativity criteria, it has to “fill its seats through state counselling and is unable to access central counselling which hinges on accessing and admitting an all-India pool of students”.

“This nativity criterion is violative of the Constitution’s Article 14 as it is manifestly arbitrary, unreasonable, irrational, discriminatory, and classifies unreasonably,” argued senior advocate Jayant Bhushan and advocate Y. Shiva Santosh, appearing for the medical college, which is an unaided minority institute.

“The reach of private unaided self-financing institutions some of which additionally enjoy the status of a minority institution under Article 30(1) of the Constitution suffers on account of being unable to take the option of centralised counselling and thereby admit students from an all-India pool, on account of the nativity criterion imposed by the state,” added the plea.

Kerala does not financially support the private self-financing institutions in any manner whatsoever and this sort of “nationalising” the seats by restricting the eligible candidates to a state quota and not allowing the colleges to access an all-India pool of students is “unreasonable state action”, it added.

It submitted that every private self-financing institution must have the right to choose its intake from an all-India pool of applications as they function from funds generated from fees alone and do not rely on state funding in any manner.

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নিজস্ব প্রতিনিধি, কলকাতা: যত দিন গড়াচ্ছে, সিবিএসই বোর্ড আয়োজিত নিট পরীক্ষা নিয়ে ততই বিস্ফোরক সব তথ্য সামনে আসছে। এবার অভিযোগ পাওয়া গেল, এবারের নিটে বাংলা প্রশ্নপত্রে ১৮১টি ভুল রয়েছে। মোট প্রশ্ন ১৮০টি। ভুল ১৮১টি। এই মর্মে বৃহস্পতিবারই নিট প্রস্তুতির সঙ্গে যুক্ত শিক্ষক-শিক্ষিকা এবং এবারে নিটে বসা ছাত্রছাত্রীদের একাংশ মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়কে চিঠি লিখেছেন। তাঁদের দাবি, হয়তো সরকার কেন্দ্রের উপর চাপ বাড়িয়ে বাংলার ছেলেমেয়েদের জন্য নতুন করে নিট পরীক্ষার ব্যবস্থা করুক, নয়তো নিট পাশ ছাত্রছাত্রীদের বাংলার মেডিক্যাল, ডেন্টাল ও আয়ূশ কলেজগুলিতে ভর্তির জন্য ফের পরীক্ষা নিয়ে মেধাতালিকা তৈরি করুক। ডাঃ এ কে মাইতির মতো নিট প্রস্তুতিতে যুক্ত শিক্ষক ছাড়াও সুশান্ত প্রামণিক, অপরাজিতা সামন্ত প্রমুখ নিটে বাংলা প্রশ্নপত্রে পরীক্ষা দেওয়া ছাত্রছাত্রীরা এই অভিযোগ জানিয়েছেন। অভিযোগের প্রতিলিপি পাঠানো হয়েছে কেন্দ্রীয় স্বাস্থ্যমন্ত্রী, কেন্দ্রীয় মানবসম্পদমন্ত্রী, সিবিএসই বোর্ডের চেয়ারম্যান, এমসিআই শীর্ষ কর্ত্রী, রাজ্যের উচ্চশিক্ষামন্ত্রী সহ বিভিন্ন মহলে। গোটা বিষয়টিতে অত্যন্ত ক্ষুব্ধ মুখ্যমন্ত্রী ইতিমধ্যেই রাজ্যের ছাত্রছাত্রীদের স্বার্থরক্ষায় মানবসম্পদ উন্নয়নমন্ত্রী প্রকাশ জাভরেকারকে কড়া চিঠি পাঠিয়েছেন।

 এদিকে, গতবারের মতো এবারও নিটে আঞ্চলিক ভাষার প্রশ্নপত্র নিয়ে ক্ষোভ দানা বাঁধতে শুরু করেছে অন্যান্য রাজ্যেও। বিভিন্ন সূত্রে পাওয়া খবর অনুযায়ী, তামিলনাড়ুর একটি স্বেচ্ছাসেবী সংস্থা এবারের নিটে তামিল প্রশ্নপত্রে ৪৯টি ভুল পেয়েছে। এআইডিএমকে নিট নিয়ে ব্যঙ্গ করে তাদের মুখপত্রে পদ্য লিখেছে, নিট কি ডাক্তার তৈরি করছে, নাকি মানসিক রোগী?
শুধু প্রশ্নপত্র বিভ্রাটই নয়, নিট নিয়ে দুর্নীতির অভিযোগ পেয়ে দেশজুড়ে ধরপাকড়ে নেমেছে সিবিআই। সিবিএসই বোর্ডের অধিকর্তা সন্যম ভরদ্বাজ অভিযোগ করেছিলেন, দেশজুড়ে একটি দালালচক্র নিট পরীক্ষার্থীদের বেআইনিভাবে পাশ করিয়ে ভর্তি করানোর দুর্নীতি চালাচ্ছে। সেই অভিযোগের পরিপ্রেক্ষিতে দেশের ছয় জায়গায় হানা দিয়েছে সিবিআই। উত্তরপ্রদেশ থেকে মোহিত কুমার, লুধিয়ানা থেকে মনোজকুমার সিক্কা, নয়া দিল্লির ওয়েস্ট প্যাটেল নগর থেকে অশ্বিনী কুমার নামে তিনজনকে গ্রেপ্তার করেছে। তাদের কাছ থেকে বেশ কিছু ছাত্রছাত্রীর আসল শিক্ষাগত শংসাপত্র, নিটের অ্যাডমিট কার্ড, চেকবই, রাবার স্ট্যাম্প ইত্যাদি পেয়েছে।

সূত্রের খবর, নিটে বায়োলজি, ফিজিক্স, কেমিস্ট্রি মিলিয়ে মোট ১৮০টি প্রশ্ন থাকে। মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়কে অভিযোগকারীরা জানিয়েছেন, গত বছর বাংলা প্রশ্নপত্রে ১০-১২টি ভুল ছিল। বাংলা অনুবাদেও ত্রুটি ছিল। কিন্তু এবার দেখো যাচ্ছে ১৮১টি ভুল। অন্যতম অভিযোগকারী ডাঃ মাইতি জানিয়েছেন, তাঁরা দেখেছেন ১৮১টি ভুল রয়েছে প্রশ্নপত্রে।
এবার দেখা যাক, কী ধরনের ভুল রয়েছে। অভিযোগকারী ছাত্রছাত্রীরা জানিয়েছেন, অসম্পূর্ণ প্রশ্ন, দ্ব্যর্থক প্রশ্ন, অর্থহীন এবং বিভ্রান্তিমূলক প্রশ্নের ছড়াছড়ি এবারের প্রশ্নপত্রে। কয়েকটি উদাহরণ তুলে দেওয়া যাক। কেমিস্ট্রির এক নম্বর প্রশ্নে bond dissociation-এর বঙ্গানুবাদ করা হয়েছে ‘বন্ধন নিয়োজত’। হওয়ার কথা ‘বন্ধন বিয়োজন’। ১০ নং প্রশ্নে disproportionation-এর বঙ্গানুবাদ করা হয়েছে ‘অসমানুপাত’। এক্ষেত্রে তা হওয়ার কথা স্বতঃবিজারণ। ১২ নং প্রশ্নে atmosphere-এর বাংলায় অনুবাদ করা হয়েছে ‘চাল’। এ ক্ষেত্রে হওয়ার কথা ‘চাপ’। এছাড়াও কেমিস্ট্রি প্রশ্নে প্রচুর ভুল রয়েছে। বায়োলজি প্রশ্নপত্রেও অজস্র ভুল রয়েছে। ৫১ নং প্রশ্নে ইংরেজি অংশে ‘production of releasing hormone’ কথাগুলির বাংলা অনুবাদই নেই। ৬৬ নং প্রশ্নে population-এর বাংলায় অনুবাদ করা হয়েছে জনমনবিটর। আসলে হবে জনসংখ্যা। এছাড়াও অসংখ্য ভুল রয়েছে বায়োলজি প্রশ্নপত্রে। ভুলেভরা প্রশ্নপত্র রয়েছে ফিজিক্স-এও। ১৩৬ নং প্রশ্নে frequency’র বঙ্গানুবাদ করা হয়েছে কয়াংক। হবে কম্পাঙ্ক। ১৩৮ নং প্রশ্নে অর্থহীন বঙ্গানুবাদ করা হয়েছে। ১৪২ নং প্রশ্নে gain-এর বাংলায় অনুবাদ করা হয়েছে সর্জন। হওয়া উচিত ছিল অর্জন।

প্রসঙ্গত, এ বছর সারা দেশে ১৩ লাখ ছাত্রছাত্রী নিটে বসছিলেন। ১৩৬টি শহরের ২২৫৫টি পরীক্ষাকেন্দ্রে এই পরীক্ষা হয়েছে। বাংলা থেকে প্রায় ৬০ হাজার ছেলেমেয়ে পরীক্ষায় বসেছিলেন।

Bartaman

26th April, 2018

পশ্চিমবঙ্গে বাংলায় নিট দিতে চলা ছাত্রছাত্রীর সংখ্যা মারাত্মক কমে গেল

                 ইংরেজিতেই পরীক্ষা দেওয়ার ধুম

                    বিশ্বজিৎ দাস, কলকাতা:

পশ্চিমবঙ্গের বাঙালি পরীক্ষার্থী। অথচ ডাক্তারিতে ভর্তির সর্বভারতীয় পরীক্ষা ন্যাশনাল এন্ট্রান্স কাম এলিজিবিলিটি টেস্ট (নিট)-এ মাতৃভাষা বাংলায় পরীক্ষা দেবেন পাঁচ শতাংশও নয়। সাম্প্রতিক বছরগুলির মধ্যে এই সংখ্যা এবার সবচেয়ে কম। এমন করুণ হালের কথা জানাচ্ছেন কলকাতা সহ রাজ্যের বিভিন্ন প্রান্তে নিটের প্রস্তুতির সঙ্গে যুক্ত পোড়খাওয়া শিক্ষকরাই। তাঁরা জানিয়েছেন, উচ্চ মাধ্যমিক শিক্ষা সংসদ, সিবিএসই, আইসিই— পশ্চিমবঙ্গের যে বোর্ডের ছাত্রছাত্রীই হোন না, বাংলাতে উচ্চ মাধ্যমিক পর্যন্ত সমস্ত বিষয় পড়লেও ডাক্তারির প্রবেশিকা পরীক্ষা কোনওভাবেই বাংলায় দিতে চাইছেন না তাঁরা। গতবার পশ্চিমবঙ্গ থেকে নিটে বসতে চলা মোট পরীক্ষার্থীদের অধিকাংশ না হলেও ভালো অংশই বাংলা প্রশ্নপত্রে নিট দিয়েছিলেন। কিন্তু, এ বছর দূরবিন দিয়ে খুঁজতে হচ্ছে বাংলায় সর্বভারতীয় মেডিক্যালের পরীক্ষায় বসা ছাত্রছাত্রীদের। পশ্চিমবঙ্গের বদলে জাতীয় স্তরে ‘বাংলা’ নামকরণ করতে চাওয়া রাজ্যে নিজের ভাষাই ফের অত্যন্ত সঙ্কটে।

সূত্রের খবর, গত বছর ১১ লক্ষর বেশি নিট পরীক্ষার্থীর মধ্যে ৭০ হাজারের মতো পশ্চিমবঙ্গের পরীক্ষার্থী ছিলেন। সম্পূর্ণ আয়ূশ শাখায় ভর্তি নিটের মাধ্যমে হওয়ার সিদ্ধান্তে এবার মোট পরীক্ষার্থীর সংখ্যা আরও দু’লক্ষ বাড়তে পারে। গত বছর মোট পরীক্ষার্থীর মধ্যে প্রায় অর্ধেক বাংলা প্রশ্নপত্রে নিট দিয়েছিলেন। বাংলা সহ বিভিন্ন প্রাদেশিক ভাষার প্রশ্নপত্রে বিভ্রাট হওয়ায় চরম বেকায়দায় পড়তে হয়েছিল তাঁদের। উচ্চ মাধ্যমিকে এক থেকে কুড়ির মধ্যে জায়গা করে নেওয়া অসংখ্য মেধাবী ছাত্রছাত্রী নিটে ভালো ফলই করতে পারেননি। তাই এবার আর ঝুঁকি নেওয়ার কোনও প্রশ্নই আসে না— এমনটা মনে করছে মাতৃভাষাকে মনেপ্রাণে ভালোবাসা মেধাবী পরীক্ষার্থীরাও। মনে কষ্ট হলেও বাস্তবের সঙ্গে তাল মিলিয়ে চলতে গিয়ে তাঁরা পরীক্ষা দেওয়ার মাধ্যম হিসেবে বেছে নিয়েছেন ইংরেজিকে। গত বছর ৩০ হাজারের কিছু বেশি ছাত্রছাত্রী বাংলায় নিট দিলেও এ বছর এই সংখ্যা পাঁচ হাজার টপকাবে কি না সন্দেহ করছেন নিট প্রস্তুতিতে যুক্ত বড় বড় কোচিং সেন্টারের শিক্ষক-শিক্ষিকারা। কেন এ বছর বাংলায় নিট পরীক্ষাই দিতে চাইছেন না অধিকাংশ বাংলার পরীক্ষার্থী?

নিট প্রস্তুতির সঙ্গে যুক্ত নামকরা শিক্ষক ডাঃ এ কে মাইতি বলেন, গত বছর যেভাবে বাংলা মাধ্যমের পরীক্ষার্থীদের নিটে নাকানিচোবানি খেতে হয়েছিল, তাতে এবার আর কেউ সাহস করেন? গত কয়েক বছর ধরেই বাংলায় মেডিক্যাল দেওয়ার হার কমছিল। এবার তলানিতে ঠেকেছে। ডাঃ মাইতি বলেন, আমার এখানে প্রায় তিনশো জন এবার নিটের প্রস্তুতি নিচ্ছেন। বাংলায় ক’জন পরীক্ষা দিচ্ছেন শুনবেন? মাত্র আটজন। আল আমিন মিশনের শিক্ষক এম আলি বলেন, আমাদের প্রতিষ্ঠানের প্রায় আড়াই হাজার পরীক্ষার্থীর মধ্যে প্রায় ২৩০০ জনই ইংরেজিতে পরীক্ষা দিচ্ছেন। যাঁরা বাংলায় পরীক্ষা দিচ্ছেন, তাঁদের একটা বড় অংশই দুর্বল। অনেকে আগে একাধিকবার পরীক্ষায় বসেছেন। যদিও এই প্রবণতাকে ‘বাস্তবোচিত সিদ্ধান্ত’ বলেই মনে করছেন রাজ্যের স্বাস্থ্য অধিকর্তা (শিক্ষা) ডাঃ দেবাশিস ভট্টাচার্য। তিনি বলেন, আমিও বাংলা মাধ্যমের ছাত্র ছিলাম। জয়েন্ট পাশ করে ডাক্তারিতে আসি। দাদুর নির্দেশে ইংরেজিতে পরীক্ষা-পড়াশোনা শুরু করেছিলাম। এখন আফসোস দূরের কথা, বরং উচিত সিদ্ধান্ত মনে হয়। পরে তো সবই ইংরেজিতে পড়তে হবে। এতে কি বাংলা ভাষা গুরুত্বহীন হয়ে পড়বে না? দেবাশিসবাবুর সাফ কথা, কিছু করার নেই। এমবিবিএস-এ কি ওরা বাংলায় ডাক্তারি পড়বেন?  বইপত্র কি বাংলায় হবে?তাহলে? নির্মম হলেও বাস্তবোচিত সিদ্ধান্ত নিতেই হবে।

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NEET ‘unconstitutional’; only helping rich students: AIADMK MP

Press Trust of India | New Delhi

March 20, 2018 21:20

The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Examination (NEET) is only helping rich students and is against the interest of rural students by depriving them of their fundamental rights, AIADMK MP K Kamaraj said today.

In a note of dissent submitted on the 109th report of Departmentally Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare on the ‘National Medical Commission Bill, 2017’, the parliamentarian said the NEET was “unconstitutional” and impinged on the federal rights of states.

The committee tabled the report in parliament today.

.In order to achieve uniformity and desired standards among medical practitioners, the quality of medical education and training must be standardised and improved, not the admissions to medical institutions.

“An ideal solution will be the National Licentiate Examination for students graduating from medical institutions, not NEET,” he said.

The committee in its report has said that the proposed National Licentiate examination (NLE) in the National Medical Commission Bill will put “undue stress” on students, especially those from backward sections who cannot afford private tuitions.

The parliamentary panel has also recommended integrating NLE with the final year MBBS exam.

 was only helping the privileged class as they have the access to standard, urban schools.

“NEET is against the interest of rural students and those from poor socio-economic background since they have no means to private coaching centres and high-priced urban and private schools. Even the poor students who are bright are denied the opportunity to study medicine,” he said.

The AIADMK MP said the Tamil Nadu government had consistently opposed the introduction of NEET.

“I strongly urge the committee to reconsider the earlier recommendation on NEET for admission to medical colleges,” he said.

Kamaraj added that if the committee was still desirous of NEET, it should ensure that the NMC bill has legal provisions leaving the states with an option of making admissions to seats under the state quota to state medical colleges, like the one in vogue in Tamil Nadu in the past, “wherein marks awarded in the school leaving examination were the basis of admission to medical colleges”.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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       Medicos write to PM on not allowing test among NEET-qualified students

                                                                  21-02-2018

UR CORRESPONDENT KOLKATA : In an unprecedented move, five medical practitioners from across the country have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi against the Union Health Ministry’s decision to not allow some of the medical colleges to conduct the second stage of screening test among the candidates who have qualified the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

In the letter, the doctors Dr Shankhadip Mula from Mumbai, Dr Jahangir Alam from Delhi, Dr Imtiaz Ali, Jamshedpur, Dr Amiya Kumar Maity and Dr Priyanka Maity from Kolkata urged the Prime Minister to give permission to all willing Medical Colleges/Institutes/Universities or the state governments to conduct a second stage screening test similar to what has been granted to the Armed Force Medical College (AFMC) Pune and to arrange proper software to fill the NEET (UG) 2018 application and also giving instruction to CBSE to correct all wrongly put information in additional FAQs.

It may be mentioned that the AFMC is the only institution in the country that has been given permission to conduct their own screening examination among the candidates who clear the NEET. While many other institutions who also urged for conducting a similar examination were denied permission. Various other states including Bengal expressed their interest to hold a screening examination among the NEET qualified candidates but they were not allowed to do so.

Institute like Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), St. John Medical College, CMC Ludhiana and few other states/universities who are willing to take a second and separate entrance examination of the NEET qualified students are not allowed to do so. CMC Vellore was successful to take a second stage Screening Test of NEET 2016 qualified students for their own admission, last year in 2017 the institute was restrained from doing the same.

The letter mentions as per the Information Bulletin page no – 07, NEET (UG) 2018 permission has been given to AFMC, Pune to conduct a second stage Screening Test among the NEET qualified students to prepare their own merit list for admission to undergraduate medical course for session 2018-19.

‘Review NEET bar for open school students’

Sampath KumarTNN | Feb 20, 2018, 07:01 IST

The health ministry has asked Medical Council of India (MCI) to reconsider its decision to bar students of National Instituteof Open Schooling (NIOS) from appearing for NEET this year.
This has given a flicker of hope to thousands of medical aspirants, writing their Class XII through the NIOS board, who were to appear for NEET.

The ministry in its letter dated February 1 contended that CBSE had granted recognition to NIOS and considered it equivalent to other recognized boards. It also observed that excluding NIOS qualification for NEET would be unreasonable and unjust as around 1,500-2,000 students from NIOS board wrote the test every year.

MCI had in November last year barred open school students from appearing for NEET citing the absence of classroom training including practical examination in their curriculum. The health ministry had declared NIOS as a recognized qualification in the country after discussing the matter with CBSE and ministry of human resource development (MHRD).

On the other hand, the MCI said it had made it clear in its recommendations as to why NIOS was not equal to other boards. Asked on the letter from the ministry, vicepresident of Medical Council of India, Dr C V Bhirmanandham, said it was a collective decision of the executive committee. However, they would further discuss the issue before coming to a conclusion.

Meanwhile, trustee of SSVM institutions in Coimbatore, S Mohandoss, said such a sudden decision had caused irreparable damage to NIOS as students had lost interest in it now.

He disputed the contention that NIOS was not following the regular curriculum. Students who had enrolled this year through NIOS and were to write their exam should have been given a chance, he added. Meanwhile, parents of some NEET aspirants of NIOS board say they are planning to move the Supreme Court on the matter.

“It was a sudden decision from the MCI and not something it declared two years ago,” said M Muthuraman, father of Anju, a NEET aspirant from the NIOS board hailing from Coimbatore.

                                        এই সময়

                                    19-02-2018

               পরীক্ষারআগেডাক্তারিরসর্বভারতীয়প্রবেশিকায়আচমকানতুননিয়ম ঘিরে সংশয় , বিভ্রান্তি

অনির্বাণ ঘোষ ডাক্তারি প্রবেশিকায় বসার ন্যূনতম যোগ্যতা কী ? এ বার তা নিয়েও ছড়াল বিভ্রান্তি৷ ফলে ডাক্তারির অভিন্ন সর্বভারতীয় প্রবেশিকা বা নিট নিয়ে ফের মাথাচাড়া দিল বিতর্ক৷ ফর্ম পূরণ প্রক্রিয়া শুরুর মধ্যেই এই বিভ্রান্তিতে প্রবল সংশয়ে এমবিবিএস পড়তে ইচ্ছুক হাজার হাজার ছেলেমেয়ে৷ উদ্বিগ্ন তাঁদের অভিভাবক ও শিক্ষক -শিক্ষিকারাও৷ পরিস্থিতির গুরুত্ব বুঝে নড়েচড়ে বসেছে স্বাস্থ্যভবন৷ দেশব্যাপী নিটের আয়োজক সংস্থা সিবিএসই -র ওয়েবসাইটের একটি নোটিস ঘিরে তৈরি হয়েছে সংশয় আর বিভ্রান্তির বাতাবরণ৷ কারণ সেখানে বলা হয়েছে — পদার্থবিজ্ঞান , রসায়ন ও জীববিজ্ঞানের পাশাপাশি ইংরেজিতেও ৫০ % নম্বর না -থাকলে প্রার্থীর আবেদন বৈধ বলে গণ্য হবে না৷ স্বাভাবিক ভাবেই পরীক্ষার মাত্র তিন মাস আগে এমন নয়া নিয়মের কথা জেনে চরম টানাপোড়েনে হাজারও পড়ুয়া৷ রাজ্যের প্রায় ৮০ হাজার পরীক্ষার্থীর এক চতুর্থাংশই নতুন বিধিতে ঘোর সঙ্কটে পড়বেন বলে আশঙ্কা৷

অথচ এতদিন পদার্থবিদ্যা -রসায়ন -জীববিজ্ঞান মিলিয়ে ৫০ % নম্বর পেলেই ডাক্তারির প্রবেশিকা পরীক্ষায় বসা যেত৷

ইংরেজিতে পাশ করা বাধ্যতামূলক থাকলেও সেখানে কোনও ন্যূনতম নম্বরের ব্যাপার ছিল না৷ মেডিক্যাল কাউন্সিল অফ ইন্ডিয়ার (এমসিআই ) আইনেও এমনটাই বরাবরের নিয়ম৷ বস্ত্তত , চলতি বছর স্নাতক স্তরের নিটেও বদলায়নি সে নিয়ম৷ ফলে গত ৯ ফেব্রুয়ারি থেকে শুরু হওয়া এক মাসব্যাপী ফর্ম পূরণ প্রক্রিয়ায় কোনও সমস্যা ছিল না৷ কিন্ত্ত গত বৃহস্পতিবার রাতে ‘অ্যাডিশনাল এফএকিউ ’ নামে একটি বিজ্ঞন্তি সিবিএসই -র ওয়েবসাইটে আসার পরেই শুরু হয়েছে বিভ্রান্তি৷ ‘ফ্রিকুয়েন্টলি আস্কড কোয়েশ্চেন ’-এর সেই অতিরিক্ত সংস্করণে দেখা যাচ্ছে , ইংরেজিতে কেবল পাশ করলেই চলবে না , থাকতে হবে ন্যূনতম ৫০ % নম্বর৷ এবং বিজ্ঞানের তিনটি বিষয়ে মিলিত ভাবে নয় , প্রতিটিতে পেতে হবে ন্যূনতম ৫০ %৷

নয়া নিয়মে উলুবেড়িয়ার সাদ্দাম মির্জার মাথায় আকাশ ভেঙে পড়েছে৷ বছর তিনেক আগে উচ্চমাধ্যমিক পাশ করা সাদ্দাম পদার্থবিদ্যা , রসায়ন , জীববিজ্ঞানের প্রতিটিতে পৃথক ভাবে ৫০ শতাংশ নম্বর পেয়েছেন৷ বাধ সেধেছে ইংরেজি৷ তাঁর কথায় , ‘ফর্ম তো আগেই পূরণ করে দিয়েছি৷ কিন্ত্ত ইংরেজিতে তো ৫০ % নম্বর নেই৷ এ বার আমি কী করব জানি না !’ নিটে সফল হওয়ার লক্ষ্যেই বরাবর এগিয়েছেন বলে বিএসসি -তে ভর্তি হলেও ক্লাস করেন না৷ নতুন বিধিতে নিটে বসা অনিশ্চিত হয়ে পড়ায় তাঁর ভবিষ্যত্টাই আপাতত ধোঁয়াশায় ঘেরা৷ বজবজের আর এক নিট প্রার্থী সুশোভন ঘোষ বলেন , ‘নম্বর নিয়ে আমার কোনও সমস্যা হবে না ঠিকই৷ কিন্ত্ত অনেক সহপাঠী , বন্ধুবান্ধব সঙ্কটে পড়বেন৷ পরীক্ষার মুখে এ ভাবে কেন বদলানো হচ্ছে নিয়ম ?’ একই প্রশ্নে সোচ্চার শিক্ষক -শিক্ষিকারা৷ দক্ষিণ কলকাতার একটি নিট কোচিং সেন্টারের কর্ণধার অমিয় মাইতির বক্তব্য , ‘ফিজিক্স -কেমিস্ট্রি -বায়োলজিতে খুব ভালো , অথচ ইংরেজিতে তেমন দড় নয় , এমনটা হতেই পারে৷ তার চেয়েও বড় কথা , নিটের প্রসপেক্টাসে এক রকম নিয়ম আর অ্যাডিশনাল এফএকিউ -তে আর এক রকম নিয়ম ! এটা কী ভাবে হতে পারে ?’ সল্টলেকের বায়োলজি কোচিং সেন্টারের শিক্ষিকা রুবাই ভট্টাচার্য অবশ্য নয়া নিয়মের পক্ষাপাতী৷ কিন্ত্ত তাঁরও প্রশ্ন, ‘এ ভাবে আচমকা নিয়ম বদলানো যায় না৷ এতে অস্বাভাবিক মানসিক চাপের মুখে পড়ে পরীক্ষার্থীরা৷ পরীক্ষার নিয়মাবলি সংক্রান্ত যে কোনও নতুন বিষয় অন্তত এক বছর আগে প্রকাশ করা উচিত৷ ’ এই টানাপোড়েনের খবর পৌঁছেছে স্বাস্থ্যভবনে৷ স্বাস্থ্য দন্তরের স্বাস্থ্য -শিক্ষা বিষয়ক বিভাগও নয়া নিয়মে উদ্বিগ্ন৷ রাজ্যের চিকিত্সা -শিক্ষা অধিকর্তা দেবাশিস ভট্টাচার্য বলেন , ‘এই বিভ্রান্তি পরীক্ষার্থীদের জন্য মারাত্মক৷ কোন নিয়মটা ঠিক — প্রসপেক্টাসেরটা , নাকি অ্যাডিশনাল এফএকিউ -এরটা ? তা জানতে চেয়ে আমরা সরকারি ভাবে চিঠি দিয়েছি সিবিএসই -কে৷

এখন ওঁদের উত্তরের অপেক্ষায় আছি৷ ’ কিন্ত্ত প্রার্থীরা কোন নিয়মে ফর্ম পূরণ করবেন , সে প্রশ্নের সদুত্তর নেই তাঁর কাছে৷ অনেক পরীক্ষার্থী ইতিমধ্যেই নয়া ফতোয়াকে আদালতে টেনে নিয়ে যাওয়ার কথা ভাবছেন৷ তাই নয়া নিয়ম ধোপে টিকবে কি না , তা নিয়েও সংশয় আছে৷

NEET made mandatory for pursuing medical courses abroad  Team MP |  14 Feb 2018  PM Kolkata:

The Union Health Ministry has made the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), a common national-level medical entrance examination in the country, mandatory for the candidates willing to pursue medical courses at foreign universities.

The Union Health ministry has approved the proposal of the Medical Council of India (MCI) and instructed the highest regulating body that medical aspirants going abroad must get an eligibility certificate from MCI after they clear NEET.

It may be mentioned that a sizeable number of candidates from Kolkata used to go abroad to study MBBS in the foreign universities without clearing any entrance test in the country. These candidates preferred to go to countries like China, Russia, Nepal and others to get their MBBS degree without appearing for any medical entrance test in the country.

They, however, had to sit for an examination conducted by MCI, after returni

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