In a high-level meeting convened by the Union health minister in Delhi, it was decided that the Centre along with various other states including West Bengal will appeal to the Supreme Court urging it allow the state-level entrance examinations for this year. From the next year, no one has any problem if NEET is implemented throughout the country.
In the high-level meeting where the health minister from various states had participated are of same opinion that it would be disastrous for the medical aspirants from the states if the NEET is implemented from this year as they would not have got enough time for the preparation. The decision taken in the meeting will also be communicated to the Prime Minister.
The Centre along with the other states will keep their view before the Supreme Court so that it revokes its decision as the thousands of the students would be inconvenienced if NEET is implemented from this year.
The Centre will also tell the Supreme Court that they were not ready to conduct the single entrance examination throughout the country.
Experts feel that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) entrusted by the Centre to conduct the examination is not fully equipped to hold such a huge examination where more than 12 lakh candidates will appear.
Various doctors’ organisations including Service Doctors’ Centre and Medical Service Centre had been vocal against the implementation of NEET as they felt it is not difficult for any agency to conduct single level examination in such a vast country where languages, socio-economic condition vary from one place to another.
It is now again up to the Supreme Court which examination will be held this year. The state will also appeal to the Apex Court that from the NEET next year Bengali should be a medium of examinations and all the candidates from the state who opt Bengali as a medium must be allowed to sit for the entrance of all India level medical institutions.
In 2013 when NEET had been implemented the medical aspirants from the state opted Bengali as medium had been debarred from the national level entrance examinations.