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5th August 2011 / Times of India / Ahemdabad
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NEET not enough, GujCET also must in state


Ahmedabad: Though the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) will be held across India exclusively for admission to medical colleges, the students from the state will find it to be another added burden to the string of exams they will have to take for admission to professional courses in the state.
    
This is because if the students want admission in dental and paramedical courses in Gujarat, they will need to have scores of the local entrance exam GujCET as well.
    
This effectively means that even if Gujarat adopts NEET from May 2013 and not this year, the students in the future will have to appear for six different exams just to get their HSC (science) scores and the scores of the qualifying entrance tests as well to compete for admissions in professional courses.
   
“On one hand, the education department says they want to decrease students’ burden but if you consider the semester system introduced in class XI and XII science from this year, the students will give four board exams and two entrance exams for admission in professional courses in the B group. If the students have also taken A group, the number if entrance tests will be much higher”, said Riddhi Patel, parent of a class XI science student.
    
Earlier, education department officials said that in the meeting held to discuss NEET held in Hyderabad in January, it was discussed that dental and paramedical courses should also be covered by this test. But it was held that NEET will be exclusively for medical admissions.

Task force to report on crisis

The six member task force set up to give a report on the issue of state joining NEET held a three-hour meeting on Thursday. The members unanimously agreed that Gujarat should not join NEET this year as it will do injustice to the local students. The members acknowledged the wide difference between the syllabus of NEET which is based on NCERT syllabus and the syllabus of the state board. The members are reported to have also unanimously agreed that the state students should be given option to give the exam in Gujarati. “A paper in local language is mandatory as the majority students in class 12 are from Gujarati medium. They cannot give test in English,” said a member. TNN
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