oppn parties No Denying the Need for NEET

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  • Trouble brews in Bihar JD(U)-BJP alliance as Bihar police asks special branch officers to keep tabs on RSS activities
  • Trust vote in Karnataka assembly today. With rebel MLAs deciding to stay away after the SC order, the Congress-JD(S) government is likely to fall as it does not have the numbers
  • Amit Shah says the government will identify and deport illegal immigrants from all parts of the country
  • Reports from Pakistan confirm that Hafiz Saeed has been arrested and sent to jail
  • After the SC order, Karnataka Speaker says he will go by the Constitution in deciding on the resignations of the 16 MLAs
  • Rebel MLAs say they will not attend the trust vote on Thursday
  • Supreme Court rules that rebel MLAs cannot be forced to attend the assembly and vote in the floor test
  • Both the Centre and the Assam government have sought re-verification of up to 20% of draft NRC data
  • Pakistan opens its airspace for Indian planes
  • Dilapidated building collapses in Mumbai, killing more than 10 people while many were still trapped
  • Kulbhushan Jadhav case verdict to be delivered today by the ICJ
  • A Vistara flight landed in Lucknow with just 5 to 10 minutes of fuel left in the tank
  • Supreme Court to decide on Karnataka MLAs plea today
  • Karnataka alliance to face floor test on Thursday
  • China says that the next Dalai Lama will be appointed by it
International Court of Justice agrees with India, stays Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution. It asks Pakistan to allow consular access to the accused.
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No Denying the Need for NEET

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Sunil Garodia By our team of in-house writers.
The Lok Sabha has finally passed the necessary legislation to implement National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for all medical seats in the country from the next academic year on Tuesday, bringing to an end (unless the new amendments are challenged in court) an unseemly tug of war between the executive and the judiciary over medical entrance tests. Both sides had valid points. While the apex court was adamant that the test should be “fair, transparent and non-exploitative,” and wanted an all-India test for that reason, the Centre and the states cited problems of language and diverse socio-economic background of students to demand separate tests for states.

The medical education business has become a racket following the corruption in the regulator Medical Council of India. Private educational institutions having no infrastructure were granted licenses. Hefty capitation fee for admission through management quotas became the norm. The quality of doctors has suffered as a result. It is necessary to establish a standard and a start has to be made with a standardized all-India admission test like NEET.

On the other hand, tests like NEET are loaded in favour of English medium, Central Board educated urban students. Hence, state governments want to conduct their own tests in vernacular languages to give rural students a chance to study medicine. While this is laudable, the quality of such entrance tests leaves a lot to be desired.

Hence, it will be better for all concerned to agree to NEET and it should be conducted in all Indian languages. The Centre has already agreed to let the states’ quota remain under which only 15% of the seats will be with the Centre and the states will have the remaining 85%. Medical education in India needs to be streamlined and NEET is a step in the right direction.