This year’s NEET UG exam have been surrounded by much more controversies – Students are preparing hard for the most important NEET 2017 examination which is scheduled on 7th May 2017. But nothing seems to be going favorable with this year’s NEET UG examination where right from the beginning, there has been a lot of confusion among the students appearing for the NEET medical entrances. So far the NEET medical entrance process has undergone a number of changes and controversies leading to tensions and stress situation among the candidates.
Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE has already notified that the entrance examination to be conducted across 80 cities in the country. In the previous year, 2016 over 8 lakhs students registered for the examination which was held in two stages NEET I and NEET II. In 2016, NEET exam had also been surrounded by controversies where supreme court has passed the verdict that National- Eligibility- Cum – Entrance Test (NEET) is mandatory to take admissions for MBBS, private medical colleges and universities in Tamil Nadu, which have implemented NEET for admissions in 2016, have expressed concerns about the process.
Now once again aspiring candidates applying for NEET UG 2017 exam for MBBS and BDS course are entangled in controversies and confusions regarding the examination. These year candidate face the trouble with the controversies associated with the announcement made by the CBSE regarding the age limit, followed by the backlash by the students regarding the new eligibility criteria, also some of the states continue to raise objections regarding the NEET examination, freedom to choose the medium of language, students approaching High Court and also blame confusion of states leading them to miss the deadline of application form.
We here in this article mentioned some of the highlights of the NEET UG exam controversies.
1. CBSE declared age limit and led restrictions on the number of attempts for NEET UG exam
There has been a huge dissatisfaction among the candidates about the age limit and number of attempts for NEET UG examination. In January 2017, CBSE announced that the age of the aspiring candidate should be minimum 17 years and maximum 25 years to apply for the NEET examination. Also, CBSE led restriction on a number of attempts to apply for NEET exam with only 3 attempts. So the candidates with more than 25 years of age are not allowed to fill the application forms. Also, Supreme Court of India is expected to pass the verdict by March 20, 2017, for the restrictions on attempts for NEET UG exam. It has been notified that the aspirants appearing for NEET UG 2017 exam on 7th May 2017 will be considered as their first attempt.
2. Medium of Instruction for NEET UG exam
The Central Government has allowed the candidates to write National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) exam 2017 for UG and PG courses in eight languages – English, Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, and Tamil. However, it has been decided that the NEET UG exam will also be conducted in Kannada and Oriya languages as well. CBSE is going to conduct for the first time NEET examination in Vernacular languages.
The Student Islamic Organization (SIO) also demanded CBSE that the NEET examination should be taken in URDU language as well. They also stated that the decision not to include Urdu language is unfair and slanted towards the students who have chosen Urdu as their medium of instruction in the higher secondary and senior secondary education in Urdu medium. However, Supreme Court dismissed the petition stating that NEET exam can be conducted in Urdu language from next year.
3. Students approach High Court and blame confusion of states that made them miss the deadline
Students appearing for the NEET 2017 examination approached High Court and also blamed the confusion of States that made them miss the deadline to fill up the NEET online Application form. A student from Tamil Nadu state recently missed the deadline for submitting the NEET 2017 application form for writing the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) examination which is mandatory for MBBS/ BDS admissions in the state of Tamil Nadu. Student thereby blamed and criticized over the NEET status in Tamil Nadu state. Following this havoc, the student approached the Madras High Court, where P Desiyan of Salem urged the court to direct the state and central authorities to accept the belated application of the student with a fee, so that he would not miss the year and write the NEET 2017 examination.
4. Tamil Nadu State opposed the NEET examination
This time Tamil Nadu state strongly opposed the NEET examination stating that the students from the CBSE board will be at an advantage, while the students appearing from other states board will have to face difficulties and troubles. They are also of the opinion that the state health minister of Tamil Nadu C Vijay Bhaskar, also seeked to admit students to undergraduate medical courses based on their 12th board examination marks.