The Health Minister, D.L. Ravindra Reddy, will meet the Union Health Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday in New Delhi specifically to discuss the issue of exempting the State from the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) at least for next year.
Dr. Reddy told The Hindu that he has sought an appointment with Mr. Azad, who was on a tour abroad, for discussing the NEET issue given the large-scale apprehensions and confusion among students and parents. “I got an appointment at 11'o clock on Wednesday. At this stage we can only request the Union Government to give us more time for adoption of NEET in the interests of students. I will try to impress upon him the urgency needed in taking an expeditious decision,” he said.
Blaming the officials for the ‘fiasco', he said they failed to present our case properly during their meetings with the Medical Council of India as well as the Union Government on the conduct of NEET. Apart from the time factor involved in it there are issues related to language in which the paper will be given and the syllabus.
“In fact, Mr. Azad himself told me about how our officials failed to present the problems likely to be faced by the State students if NEET was adopted,” he said, adding that he will now explain to Mr. Azad in detail.
The Health Minister was hopeful of a favourable decision.
Meanwhile, parents and students continued to be tense with the announcement of the NEET date. Though media reports said that it would be held on May 13, 2012 the MCI website is yet to officially host the date. “We are confused as there is no official confirmation on the date as well as whether our students will write EAMCET or NEET,” said Subrahmanyam, whose daughter is preparing for the medical entrance exam.
“Moreover, there is no clarity on the 15 per cent seats to be given to the national pool if we adopt NEET and how many seats we would gain at national-level. The Government needs to give some clarification on it at least now,” he said.