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Government draws flak for accepting NEET

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Opposition:Students affiliated to the ABVP staging a demonstration in Gulbarga on Wednesday.— photo: Arun Kulkarni
Opposition:Students affiliated to the ABVP staging a demonstration in Gulbarga on Wednesday.— photo: Arun Kulkarni

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has termed the State government’s decision to accept the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for students to join undergraduate medical courses from 2013–14 “unfair”.

Students of various colleges affiliated to the ABVP took out a protest here on Wednesday, demanding the State government reverse its decision.

They said that most students were not ready to take the exam as most questions would be based on CBSE syllabus. In a memorandum submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, the ABVP said that already States such as Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu Gujarat, Maharashtra and others had opposed NEET, but Karnataka had accepted it.

Postpone NEET

The North Karnataka Teachers’ Forum and the Hyderabad Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HKCCI) have also urged the State government to reconsider its decision to accept NEET.

President of the forum M.B. Ambalagi and HKCCI president Umakant Nigudgi, in separate statements issued here on Tuesday, said that a majority of the students in the final year of their pre-university course, who would be eligible for NEET, were not equipped to write the test.

The State government has now introduced CBSE syllabus partly in I PU, so these students would be ready to take NEET only in 2014–15. Hence, the government should wait till then.

Mr. Ambalagi claimed students from north Karnataka, particularly the Hyderabad Karnataka region, would be worst affected.

Mr. Nigudgi said Karnataka should emulate States such as Andhra Pradesh that had requested the Centre to postpone NEET by a year.

He also criticised the State government for not establishing NEET examination centres beyond Bangalore, Hubli and Mangalore.

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