Examinations have always been a dreaded time in the life of any student. Especially in an educational system followed in India, where a student’s intelligence, knowledge, and capabilities are solely based on the result of exams.
NEET – National Eligibility Entrance Test which has been decided to be the sole decider of a medical aspirant’s intellect in our country has been received with its share of controversy and criticism.
The Centre’s decision supported by CBSE – Central Board of Secondary Education and MCI – Medical Council of India was approved by the Supreme Court, and the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) held on May 1, 2016 was to be treated as the first NEET.
As per the ruling passed by the Supreme court of India, all medical colleges across the country are expected to admit students on the basis of NEET. Even institutions like AIIMS are no longer permitted to conduct a private entrance exam.
The MCI very strongly feels that NEET can decrease the corruption in the medical sector as it would prevent colleges from conducting various entrance tests which would further prevent under the table donations, favors, and nepotisms. With privatization of the medical and educational sector, corrupt businessmen had been altering the course of education in the country. The NEET can prove to be a vital tool to counter that.
However, there have been certain shortcomings in the implementation. NEET only covers the syllabus of central boards like CBSE and ISCE, the state boards have been left out. This will affect the students from other parts of the country, ultimately favoring a pool of medical students belonging to a certain economic and regional group. Also to have just one exam to judge the capabilities of a student is not the best idea, as it puts a lot of pressure on the students.
These shortcomings are not ignorable for sure, but these are nuances that can be worked upon. Medical professionals and college heads should try and suggest solutions to these problems.
But a complete aversion to NEET makes one question if it is an attempt to keep corruption in place. Medical institutions earn their fair share of income by conducting entrance tests each year from the legit sale of forms to the illegitimate donations. Entrance tests can fuel many pockets along the hierarchy.
In a debate that includes doctors or perhaps the most “educated” professionals, as we see them in our society, a logical outcome is effortlessly expected.
In a recent report, key political parties had asked the Centre to defer the implementation of the NEET as the country’s only medical entrance test for at least a year after Union Health Minister JP Nadda met state government officials and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley sat with representatives of political parties.
“It is the case of some of the states that boards are unequal, their languages are dissimilar. Can those who are dissimilar in language and unequal be placed on the pedestal of quality and asked to give the same exam? We will have to see how we deal with that particular issue,”
On his turn, Nadda said the future course of action would be formulated “soon” as the Centre was committed to bringing in transparency in the medical education system and removing alleged malpractices.
“We will be considering the three problems that were put forward by the representatives. One, the ongoing state exams. Two, language and three, different syllabus for state exams. We will approach the court after consultations,”
As it seems, NEET has caused chaos in the lives of the aspirants who’re preparing to crack the entrance exam this year. It is a great initiative to eradicate the corruption but a little rough around the edges. It definitely is here to stay but feasibly a revision could do the rule some good.
This year’s process can provide some light on how well the idea works.
This year could either be detrimental to a student’s career or to the fat pocket of a medical professional living the mistaken identity of a businessman.
Let’s all hope it is the latter.
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