UN Rally by American Tamil Diaspora Demand End to NEET and
Justice for Anitha
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Oct 05, 2017, 09:02 ET
NEW YORK, Oct. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — US Tamil Diaspora members held a peaceful protest in front of the United Nations in New York denouncing the Indian government’s imposition of a discriminatory qualifying exam known as NEET for medical student admissions at state level. They also demanded justice for the Tamil Nadu premedical student Anitha who ended her life when NEET squashed her dreams of becoming a doctor.
The protest by Tamils was aimed at gaining the attention of the Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who was attending the proceedings of the UN General Assembly. The September 23rd protest was well attended by Tamils from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia who wore masks depicting Anitha and holding Indian and American flags. They chanted slogans against NEET and seeking justice for Anitha.
“In India, laws and regulations are enacted without sufficient consultations and implemented with swiftness”, lamented a protester, Mr. DS. Kannan. “The imposition of NEET is a classic example of this swiftness which is eroding the gains of social justice that forms the very core of Tamilnadu.”
Anitha, a 17-year-old student hailing from Ariyalur, a village in the State of Tamilnadu has become largely the face of NEET. Fast being known as the first victim of NEET, Anitha’s score of 1176 out of 1200 did not guarantee a spot on the state medical colleges. Promises by Central and Tamilnadu State Governments to exempt the state from NEET did not materialize. It is feared that NEET could undo decades of public health achievements by Tamilnadu.
As a direct outcome of Anitha’s death, Tamils across America have organized and run many spontaneous demonstrations. Candlelight vigils were observed in more than 40 states with many protestors holding placards to express their views against NEET.
Peaceful protests were held across Washington, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Raleigh and Atlanta and in front of the Indian Embassies garnering attention.
A petition has been sent by protestors to the Indian Embassy in Washington on September 22nd requesting Tamilnadu to be exempted from NEET, and to devolve education from Central Governance to State Governance.
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MBBS admissions: MCI waits for info on 12,000
students from 97 colleges
The Medical Council of India is still waiting for details on 12,000 students from 97 colleges across the country.
Sep 28, 2017
Nearly a month after medical colleges completed admission formalities for undergraduate medical (MBBS) course on August 31, the Medical Council of India (MCI) is still waiting for details on 12,000 students from 97 colleges across the country.
Repeated reminders from the MCI to these colleges have failed to evoke any response.
The MCI mandates sharing admission-related details so that it can check compliance.
The delay from colleges in sending information assumes significance in the wake of the medical education regulator cancelling admission of 778 MBBS students — all in their second year of the course — in various private colleges in Puducherry after a probe found their colleges had not complied with the counselling process.
“Had the irregularities been identified in 2016 itself, at least these candidates could have appeared in NEET in 2017 and sought admission afresh,” says Thiru M Narayanassamy, president, Puducherry All Centac Students Parents Association.
An MCI source said, “Often, colleges admit students beyond their permitted capacity or admission date or in violation of other norms. If the colleges don’t submit details on time, the ultimate sufferer is the candidate.”
“There are about 460 colleges with about 65,000 seats. There are procedural delays in MCI as well but if the colleges comply with the guidelines, it will make our job easy,” the source added.
SC opens doors for colour-blind medical aspirants
Sep 24, 2017,
The Supreme Court has opened the doors for colour-blind students to pursue MBBS course by ordering the admission of two such candidates, who have scored high marks in the entrance examination, for the next academic year.
Terming its action as “transcendental importance of justice”, the apex court said that peculiar facts and circumstances of the case required it to invoke special powers under Article 142 of the Constitution.
The two students had secured high marks in the entrance examination conducted by the Tripura government in 2015 during the pre-NEET period.
Without any statutory provision barring students from pursuing MBBS course, various colleges and Medical Council of India (MCI) were arbitrarily denying admissions to candidates suffering from Colour Vision Deficiency (CVD), popularly called colour blindness.
Both MCI and the Tripura Medical College had initially objected to their admission into MBBS course as the two students suffered from CVD despite having qualified in the entrance examination.
“Keeping in view the transcendental importance of justice which is writ large in this case, we direct that the appellants shall be admitted in the MBBS course in the respondent No.2-College for the academic year 2018-2019 and the quota from the said year shall be reduced by two seats,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said.
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The apex court had on March 23 constituted an experts committee to ascertain whether colour blindness affected the prospects of students aspiring to become doctors.
In its report, the committee had opined that “Colour Vision Deficiency does not have any embargo of any type whatsoever” and suggested the incorporation of a suitable provision in the Graduate Medical Education to the effect that a person with visual disability of category I and above shall not be eligible to pursue Graduate Medical Education.
It had also recommended that “testing of Colour Vision Deficiency by Ishihara test be compulsorily incorporated in the format of General Physical Examination of the Student, so that all medical students with suspect colour vision should be aware of severity of their deficiency before entering the medical course, and the kind of problems it may pose in the career they have opted”.
The committee had also said that as per current global practices, there was no policy of regulating entry of medical aspirants to study and practice of the medical profession based on colour vision deficiency.
It has said that CVD nowadays was a common problem and does not significantly impact a person’s ability to become a doctor.
The MCI had objected to the admission of students with CVD in MBBS course, in the wake of report of the expert committee.
It had said that certain guidelines are required to be framed in accordance with the report of the Committee for controlling speciality and super-speciality courses as far as the CVD category is concerned.
The bench had on July 31 asked the MCI to apprise it whether the students can be admitted to MBBS course. Both the students had initially challenged the denial of admission by the college during counselling in 2015 before Tripura High Court, but had failed to get any relief.
The students then moved apex court challenging the high court order saying the MCI had not framed any regulation debarring them from seeking admission and contending that denial of admission to them constituted violation of the constitutional guarantee of equality.
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MCI ‘cancels’ admission of 778 MBBS students in
Discharge students admitted in Puducherry
colleges bypassing centac: MCI
Published Sep 14, 2017,
Puducherry: The Medical Council of India (MCI) issued directions to the health secretary and department director to discharge students admitted to MBBS courses in seven private medical colleges and deemed universities in the Union Territory under the management quota, bypassing the Centralised Admission Committee (Centac) in the academic year 2016-17. A letter from Rajendra Wabale, joint secretary of MCI, states that these medical colleges failed to show’ any evidence of transparency and fairness in the admission process and violated Supreme Court directions. The MCI order means that the admission of these students virtually stands cancelled.
The UT All Centac Students Parents Association had lodged a complaint with the MCI stating that MBBS admission for 2016-17 was illegal. Lt Governor Kiran Bedi had also lodged a complaint stating that merit was not followed in medical admissions after which the complaint was placed before a monitoring sub-committee formed by the MCI.
The committee found that the deemed universities had not prepared a combined merit list of students who qualified in Neet, and therefore the Supreme Court’s direction to maintain transparency and fairness in the admission process had been violated.
These universities were not ready to be part of the common counselling organised by the government formed committee, the MCI letter said.
In the case of admission to seven private medical colleges in the UT, the committee found that only a limited number of students were given admission through Centac and the others admitted on the basis of Neet without following transparency in the process. The monitoring sub-committee recommended discharge of all students who were not admitted through Centac and cancellation of all admissions made after September 30, 2016, the last date of admission. This was later approved by the MCI. “Submit compliance within two weeks, failing which necessary action will be taken on the issue,” the MCI letter said.
HS toppers urge scrapping NEET; want states to
conduct own exams
Team MP | 5 Sep 2017
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
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.
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.
After SC orders, MP cancels medical & dental
TNN | Updated: Aug 30, 2017, 07:07 IST
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh government on Tuesday cancelled the counselling and admissions to MBBS and BDS courses in private and government medical and dental colleges of the state in compliance with the Supreme Court orders.
The apex court on Tuesday rejected the plea of the state challenging the MP high court’s August 24 decision on admission of non-domicile candidates and directed the state to start the counselling process afresh.
The SC also directed the state to ‘redraw’ the merit list and complete the admission process in 10 days.
“Counselling would take place again. The apex court has given 10 days to complete the process. New schedule would be made public on Wednesday,” said MP principal secretary, health Gauri Singh.
DME sources said fresh counselling process would begin from August 31. Students have been advised to check the schedule and details on MP Online portal and DME website.
Sources said that of the 313 students whose domicile status is under cloud, 79 MBBS candidates who are assumed to have taken admissions are likely to be cancelled. A fresh merit list is being prepared by the DME. It was not clear how many rounds of counselling would take place. There are about 3,000 MBBS and BDS seats in private and government medical and dental colleges.
After first round of counselling an estimated 95% of seats in government colleges were said to be filled.
“The issue affects government and private medical colleges. After two rounds of counselling, some students from other states sought admission claiming to be domiciles of Madhya Pradesh. MPHC decision maintained that domicile would be determined by NEET form status,” said advocate Aditya Sanghi.
Government advocate Saurabh Mishra informed the apex court had rejected the petition of state government and given MP government 10-days to complete the admission process.
Court had directed that information furnished by a candidate shall be determined by NEET form in respect to the residence as per Rule 3(5) of the admission rules. Information bulletin published by CBSE would be followed by the DME.
Notice issued by state Health dept: Medical
aspirant moves HC
Team MP | 23 Aug 2017
Kolkata: A medical aspirant, who has not been allotted a seat after first and second round of medical counseling, moved a writ petition at the Calcutta high court on Wednesday challenging a notice issued by the state Health department which the petitioner has claimed to be in contrary to an order issued by the Supreme Court.
According to the Apex Court, the order said that the students who were already allotted a seat in undergraduate medical or dental courses in the first and second round of counselling will not be given any chance to take part in the manual counseling.
This is because the other eligible candidates who were not yet allotted seats in the previous two counselling may be deprived if the candidates who have already booked seats get an opportunity to participate in the manual counselling.
It may be mentioned that the Supreme Court had given detailed guidelines on the admission of candidates who had cleared the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). Following the court order, the state Health department had issued a notification on July 7 where it was mentioned that those who were allotted seats in the first two rounds of counselling will not be given an opportunity to take part in the manual counselling which is scheduled to take place on August 26.
But the notification issued by the Director of Medical Education on August 18 was contrary to previous notice issued by the Health department on July 7. The latest notification was also against the Supreme Court order. In the notice issued by the Director of Medical Education on August 18, it was mentioned that those who were already allotted seats in the first two round of counsellings may take part in the manual round of counselling if they desire so which is in gross violation of the Apex Court order, as argued by the lawyer of the petitioner, Md Alauddin Mandal.
Mandal said that if the students who were already allotted seats in the first and second round of counsellings are given an option to appear in the manual counseling, hundreds of successful candidates who were not allotted seats may be deprived of a seat.
A section of students will try to opt for a medical seat in better colleges after securing a seat while the other section will be deprived.
8-yr-old labourer writes to Prez seeking medical seat after failing to get admission in pvt college
Pradip Chatterjee | 22 Aug 2017 11:01 PM
Kolkata: After failing to secure admission in a private medical college for the fourth consecutive time this year due to lack of funds despite clearing the national level entrance NEET, 2017, with around 62 percent marks, a 48-year-old daily wage labourer from a distant village in Nadia wrote to the President of India seeking a medical seat. His main aim, he says, would be to treat patients in his village where there is no registered medical practitioners; only quacks, sorcerers and exorcists. Read This – After Middle East, state gears up to export vegetables to Europe, America What Pradip Halder, a resident of bordering areas of Pratappur village under Krishnaganj police station in Nadia has done at the age of 48 is not only a challenge for any medical aspirant but his indomitable spirit makes him stand out to be an inspiration amongst others. Whether he will be able to get recognition in the form of a medical degree or not is a different issue, what he had aimed for nearly two decades, is now up to the consideration of President Ram Nath Kovind. Halder has appeared in the medical entrance examination for 17 times, be it the state medical entrance examination or the national one like NEET. The Supreme Court’s judgment had also gone in his favour as it had removed the upward age limit of a candidate to become a doctor. This paved his way to appear in the NEET 2017 and he came out with flying colours. Read This – All party meet: ‘Awaiting official invites’ In his letter to the President, Halder said he has passed the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2017, undergraduate level for medical admission for 2017-18 academic session in Scheduled Caste category with 61.39 percentage marks. “With the marks what I have secured, a candidate is eligible to find a place in the undergraduate medical admission. But, I am not getting a seat in the private medical colleges despite a rank as my poverty has become a barrier to my goal,” Halder mentions in the letter. Halder has five members in his family — his wife, three children and ailing mother — who are all dependent on him. He has a monthly income of around Rs 1000, as he mentioned in his letter. He has made a prevent appeal to President Kovind urging him to provide him a medical seat as a President’s nominee as he wants to treat patients in his village which lacks a registered medical practitioner. The trained doctors are available at a primary health centre situated more than 20 km away from his village. Hence, the villagers have to depend on quacks, exorcists and sorcerers who are in rampant practice there. He had appeared in Madhyamik examination in 1986 from Khalboalia High School and secured 59.2 percent marks. Despite being a topper in school, he had failed to pursue higher secondary immediately after completing Madhyamik due to severe financial constraints. He again resumed studies in 1998 and passed the Higher Secondary examination from National Open Schooling in 2000. While talking to Millennium Post over telephone, Halder owed his success to a city-based doctor and former teacher of SSKM, Dr A. K. Maity who assisted him immensely to help him secure a spot in the national level medical entrance examination.
Gujarat mulls ordinance to bypass NEET
TNN / Aug 19, 2017
GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat government is seriously considering the option of passing an ordinance in Gujarat similar to the ‘Tamil Nadu Admission to MBBS and BDS Courses Bill-2017′. The Gujarat government hopes that this will end the disquiet among students and their parents over the all-India National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to medical and dental colleges across the country.
Tamil Nadu had passed the new bill in February 2017 exempting students of the state from taking the NEET for admission to medical and dental colleges across the country. The new bill allows admision of students to undergraduate medical courses based on their marks in Class 12 board examinations. However, the Tamil Nadu bill is yet to be approved by the President of India.
Sources in the Gujarat government said that as the matter of NEET is pending before the Supreme Court, the government does not have many options to address students and parents’ concern. The sources, however, said that the Gujarat government is seriously considering promulgating a new ordinance like the Tamil Nadu law. It is possible that the ordinance may also face legal hurdles but, politically, it could highlight the state government’s genuine concern.
Gujarat education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, confirmed that the state government was thinking of passing such an ordinance to resolve the NEET problem.
“We have referred the matter to the attorney general for legal advice. We are waiting for the judgement of the Supreme Court on this issue. We are hopeful of a favourable solution,” Chudasama said.
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NEET: Congress wants ordinance for separate merit list of Gujarat students
The Congress delegation demanded the state government prepare a separate NEET merit list for Gujarati medium students by bringing an ordinance as soon as possible
Ahmedabad: Expressing apprehension that the students who had appeared for NEET in Gujarati might be at disadvantage compared to those attempted the all-India medical test in English during admissions, the Congress leaders on Monday called on Governor O P Kohli and sought his intervention.
The Congress delegation, led by the state party chief Bharatsinh Solanki, demanded the state government prepare a separate merit list for the Gujarati medium students by bringing an ordinance as soon as possible.
During the meeting with the governor in Gandhinagar, the Congress leaders said the party would support the ruling BJP if the state government brings an ordinance for a separate merit list for the Gujarat board students who attempted the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in the regional language.
The Congress told the governor that due to a “discrepancy”, the NEET question papers in Gujarati were more difficult than those in English, the party said in a release. According to Congress, as many as 47,583 students of the Gujarat board, who had given the test in Gujarati, would be “subjected to injustice in the admission”.
At present, the first round of the admission process as per NEET merit list is completed. Congress alleged the Centre and state government failed to initiate any measures “to save these students from facing injustice in admission” despite knowing that the question papers in Gujarati were more difficult than those in English.
Meanwhile, the Congress has threatened to intensify protests if the government fails to come up with a solution to the issue at the earliest. The opposition party announced that it will participate in the protest march to be held in Ahmedabad on 17 August. Congress leaders would take out rallies in all the districts of Gujarat on August 18 if the issue is not resolved, according to the release.
Centre agrees to exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET
for a year if it passes an Ordinance
NEET : Centre rules out permanent exemption for TN
Sathyanarayana, DH News Service, Chennai, Aug 13 2017
In a setback to Tamil Nadu’s attempt for keeping the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) away, union minister for Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said that Union government could consider only one-year exemption from the exam if the State promulgates an ordinance.
“Centre cannot give a permanent exemption for Tamil Nadu. The Union Government could co-operate if the State promulgates an ordinance seeking exemption from NEET for one year and that too for the admissions to government colleges only”, the minister said.
Nirmala Sithraman also agreed Tamil Nadu’s data that rural students seeking medical admissions found very difficult to crack NEET. “We have seen the statistics. It shows that rural student’s admissions were very less in government colleges because of the exam. Still, 4,000 students are waiting”, she pointed out.
“I explained everything to our Prime Minister about Tamil Nadu’s position in connection with the NEET. I also asked him to consider the State’s request”, she said.
Stating that Tamil Nadu was facing the unique situation with regard to NEET, the minister advised the State government to bring out curriculum change so that rural students will not find difficult in facing NEET exams. “Special coaching could also be given to them”, she added.
At a time when several states have come under the purview of the NEET, Tamil Nadu was, perhaps, the only state that has been steadfastly opposing it and wanted the present system of admission to medical and dental UG courses based on the Plus-2 marks.