NEET: Students and Teachers Welcomed the MCI’s Proposal
The student community has by and large welcomed the MCI’s proposal to hold a common entrance test for medical and dental courses across the country.
“Implementation of NEET would reduce the stress, which students face, while preparing for numerous exams,” said BR Rajeev, student of RV College, Bangalore. It is also expensive to appear for multiple exams. Rajeev has applied for seven post graduation exams and spent more than Rs 11,000 on entrance exams. Students pay on an average between Rs.500 to Rs 3,000 for each exam, depending upon the colleges they have applied for.
NEET would also reduce the time students spend on traveling to different centers to write exams. It will further resolve the problem arising out of the clashing of exam dates.
But there are also concerns over the feasibility of the NEET as the 10+2 curriculum varies across the country. “State syllabus does not have all the chapters covered by CBSE. If the exam paper is set on CBSE pattern then state students would suffer,” said Dr. O S Siddappa, Director-cum-Dean, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMC& RI). “A common syllabus in twelfth standard cross the country will help in implementing NEET,” he added.
There are also concerns over the inclusion of Maths in NEET. “The Karnataka CET does not consider Mathematics marks, which will matter in NEET rankings,” said Durga Kawar, a second PU Biology student at PES College.
To ensure a level playing field for all students across the country, Dr. Ali Khwaja, Chairman of Banjara Academy, said exam papers should be based more on aptitude than knowledge. The exams should be on the lines of GMAT and TOEFL. “They should test the grasping capacity of a student than the mugging power,” he added.