Friday, 4 November 2011

Finally, MCI decides to hold CET for MBBS

Some states like Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have been strongly resisting the MCI move to hold CET calling it as interference in their freedom to manage the colleges. In contrast, the Council favoured CET saying it would reduce burden and stress on students who will not have to sit for multiple examinations. There are 42,000 seats for under graduate medical courses including those from private medical colleges.

MCI Secretary Sangeeta Sharma said in a statement that the CET is in pursuance to the Supreme Court order in 2009 wherein MCI was given the go ahead to conduct the examination from the academic year 2012-2013.

"Accordingly, considering all ground realities, the NEET-UG for admission to MBBS has been slated on May 13, 2012. The syllabus for NEET-UG is not the same as the CBSE syllabus. It has been separately formulated basing on both CBSE and various State syllabii," she said. 

However, sources said there was still a long way to hold the CET successfully, as Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad is yet to clear the file to approve the new pattern of examination to be based on percentile system. Moreover, the move might get stuck in a legal muddle if a private college manages to get a stay in the case. 

Regarding the content of the final syllabus, Sharma said "After review of various State syllabi as well as those prepared by CBSE, NCERT and COBSE, the syllabus is now available on net to the students and concerned stakeholders. This is to establish a uniformity across the country keeping in view the relevance of different areas in medical education." 

The final syllabus for Physics, Biology and Chemistry has been prepared after reviewing all feedback from various stakeholders on its draft syllabus made available on the MCI in past few months.

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