CM’s no to Neet has a lot of takers

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The chief minister strongly opposing the introduction of a National Eligibility Entrance Test (Neet) for admission to undergraduate and PG courses in dental colleges has invited positive responses from the medical fraternity and student community.

Pointing out that common entrance examination for admissions would bring about disparity between urban and rural students, Dr G.R. Ravindranath, general secretary of doctors’ association of social equality (Dase), said the association would continue to demand reservations for students from the rural areas.

“Neet is being proposed as a competitive test and an eligibility test — this is completely unfair because there is no uniformity in syllabus and teaching modules across India.

There is no level playing field for students from the rural areas and backward states,” he reasoned.

Alleging that a common entrance exam is against the rights of a state, he emphasised that the Centre should let the state government decide on its college admissions.

A senior officer in the department of higher education, on condition of anonymity, said as the standard of education differs in every state, it is not possible to have a single common entrance test across the country.

“Students from north India will have greater advantage than their southern counterparts as they have more facilities and can afford extra coaching classes,” the officer said.

Another major issue is the examination medium, which is expected to be in English and Hindi, leaving students from non-Hindi speaking states at a disadvantage.

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