Sunday, March 31, 2013

HRD Ministry plans to scrap NEET says HT

HRD Ministry plans to scrap NEET says HT

One of India’s most ambitious and controversial education reform plans in recent years, to create a single national entrance test for admissions to colleges, could soon see a quiet, almost unannounced burial.

The human resource development (HRD) ministry under MM Pallam Raju has decided to instead push a more nuanced blueprint for higher education admissions that will continue to allow state governments to conduct entrance tests and will share revenues earned from central tests with them. The new plan that will be unveiled at a meeting with state education ministers on April 2.

“What we want is a structured, streamlined admissions system,” a senior HRD ministry official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. That doesn’t have to be a single examination platform that is unacceptable to some.”

The single test plan was pushed aggressively by Raju’s predecessor at the ministry, telecom minister Kapil Sibal, with the aim of ending the multiple entrance tests students currently need to take to apply to different institutions across the country. Sibal’s team prepared a proposal for a law to set up a national testing agency that would conduct a single aptitude test and subject specific tests.

But that plan faced strong opposition from several institutions that accused the government of infringing on their autonomy, and from state governments who alleged that the ruling UPA was encroaching on the powers guaranteed to them in the Constitution.

The new Pallam Raju blueprint not only looks at creating the testing agency through an executive order instead of a law – something that the new minister mentioned at a press briefing last week – but also acknowledges that a single test poses challenges as an education policy.
“What is required is an admission process that navigates the intrinsic problems associated with the adoption of a single admission system in its reliability to predict academic success as well as being discernible as credible, transparent, fair and reasonable,” states the introduction to India’s new admissions strategy, that the HRD ministry will place before state ministers at meeting this Tuesday of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE), the country’s apex education advisory body. “A mix and match strategy in the right proportion would deliver better results than a single methodology,” the document, accessed by HT, states.

While the national testing agency will conduct a centralized aptitude test and subject-specific tests under the new plan too, state governments will be allowed to set up state testing agencies to continue with the tests they conduct at present.

Most states hold their own admission tests for professional institutions, apart from the centrally-conducted All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE).

But that isn’t the only concession Pallam Raju’s ministry will offer to states at the CABE meeting to try and win support for the national testing agency that will now have the mandate to only conduct all admission tests to central institutions.

Under the new blueprint, the chairpersons of all state testing agencies will be on the board of the national testing agency, which will also share revenues with state governments.

The CABE meeting will also discuss plans to create a standardized higher education qualification framework in tune with international models, an education commission to review the state of the sector in India, the implementation of the Right to Education Act and strategies to bridge gender gaps in education.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

UPPGMEE 2013 Postponed till further notice

UPPGMEE 2013 Postponed till further notice

With great efforts of KGMC and other UP medical colleges students, UP Govt has postponed the UPPGMEE 2013 till further notice. 

In protest against UPPGMEE and in support of, Medical students of UP, were on indefinite hunger strike in front of KGMC. During that strike many students also got sick of prolonged starvation and developed ketoacidosis. They were also manhandled by UP police and were sent to lockups. But finally UP Govt agreed  in favor of medical community and postponed the exam.

Read the following NEWS stories about hunger strike of Medicos.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

UPSC Combined Medical Services - 2013  Notification on 6th April 2013

UPSC Combined Medical Services - 2013 Notification on 6th April 2013

UPSC Combined Medical Services (CMS) Exam 2013

According to the schedule of UPSC exams the CMS notification was scheduled on 23rd March 2013, but UPSC recently updated on the website about the new date...

         "Notification for Engineering Services Examination, 2013 and Combined Medical Services Examination, 2013 would be uploaded on the website as well as would be published in 'Employment News' on 6th April, 2013"
 In view of the coming exam, AcrossPG team will start posting solutions to UPSC CMS 2012 exam papers on the AcrossPG Blog, one by one for the benefit of doctors appearing for CMS 2013. So visit today and register your email for receiving the solutions to the CMS paper on your email. or you can also like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter at to receive constant updates.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Friday, March 22, 2013

UP Medicos come together against UPPGMEE

UP Medicos come together against UPPGMEE

A day after the state government announced that the Uttar Pradesh Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination (UPPGMEE) 2013 cannot be cancelled, medical graduates opposing the exam have decided to go on a protest from Wednesday.

The students were demanding cancellation of UPPGMEE on the grounds that they had already taken the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). Since both had a similar aim, there was no point taking the other and termed it as wastage of efforts and resources and also met chief minister Akhilesh Yadav to stress their point.

Speaking on behalf of other students, Kapil Singh Varma, a student of King George's Medical University (KGMU), said, "The students told the CM that we were left with no other option." Another student Bhupendra Singh stated that the pattern of National eligibility and entrance test and UPPGMEE were different. "We got only 40 days time to prepare for UPPGMEE which is too short a period considering we have to prepare 20 different subjects," he said.

Students questioned as to why was UP government adamant about holding UPPGMEE when it has already given its consent to admit students on the basis of NEET scores. "The order of the apex court will be valid for the entire country. So, why does UP want to become an exception by holding PGME exam," said a student. In this regard, senior officials in the medical education department have already said that comparing UP with other states was not wise. "The scale of anything gets big here," they stated.

Medical students at UP ready to meet the Governer

After being denied any help from the state government, students opposing the Uttar Pradesh Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination (UPPGMEE) on Wednesday sought an audience with Governor BL Joshi to put forth their demand for cancellation of the exam. The delegation of students will meet the governor on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the students on Wednesday started a demonstration outside the King George's Medical University to press for their demands. Sticking to their stand, the students said there was no point in holding a state level exam again when the government has agreed to allot postgraduate seats through the scores obtained in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

Director general medical education Dr KK Gupta, however, said the state government cannot do anything on the issue as it was only complying with the orders of the Supreme Court in this regard.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

NEET case not taken for discussion on 13th March as well

NEET case not taken for discussion on 13th March as well


Take notice that due to non-availability of Hon’ble The Chief Justice of India, The matters listed today, the 13th March, 2013 in Chief Justice’s Court before the bench consisting of Hon’ble The Chief Justice, Hon’ble Anil R. Dave and Hon’ble Vikramajit Sen, JJ. will now be taken up by the bench consisting of Hon’ble Anil R. Dave and Hon’ble Vikramajit Sen, JJ except item nos. 1, 2, 33, 12, 13, 14, 18, 20, 29, 31, 102, 104, 107, 109 and 111.

NEET case was listed as item no. 12 for Court no. 1.
As the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India is not available today, the NEET case wont be taken up today also (13th March)

AIIMS Entrance Online vs Offline: Pros & Cons

AIIMS Entrance Online vs Offline: Pros & Cons

AIIMS has introduced CBT (Computer based test) along with the classic pen and paper mode of entrance exam from the session May 2013. With this many students are confused between which one to choose.
AcrossPG team has come up with these pros and cons of both the systems to help the students especially the freshers who have never faced CBT before, make their decision.
First of all there is no major difference between the two systems and everyone should choose the one in which he/she is comfortable. We do not advice to choose any one system over the other. Our aim is to provide help to students in making a better informed decision.

Computer Based Test Mode.

Q: What is it?
Ans: For those who are not familiar with this type of exam, it is a Mode in which the questions are presented to the students on a computer and students have to mark the responses on the computer itself in the stipulated time. It is also called as ‘Online’ system, but it’s a kind of misnomer because the exam is not posted on internet and the students cannot take exam at their home sitting on their computer using internet. The exams are conducted on specific centers and on the PC systems of the centers which are not at all connected to internet (mainly for security reasons).

Presuming AIIMS will use the same system as used by NBE or Prometric for conducting DNB and NEET:

Pros of CBT:

  • Its easy to manage the questions on CBT, the questions not attempted in first round (or if one has any confusion) can be marked to review later easily which is not possible on conventional method.
  • The Online mode saves your time. The correct answers can be marked by a click and it saves the marking time which is to be done on the OMR sheets if the Offline mode is chosen.
  • Through this mode, the correct answers marked can be changed later, whereas this option is not available in the Offline mode. This means you are safe from Unintentional wrong marking of answers.
  • All candidates can practice for Online exam beforehand with the Online Practice Sheets.

 Cons of CBT:

As we all know that, this is the first time that the AIIMS is conducting exam in CBT mode.  So the efficiency of this mode of examination is not known. It may be a risk to choose it.
·         As it is the first time, there might be some unexpected problems we never know. There might occur a technical issue on the computer system at some centers.
  • The Proper training is also not provided to the candidates for Online approach. This may raise problem for the rural candidates.
  • In the Offline mode, students can see all the questions at a time and they can choose to answer first. Whereas, in Online, the questions appear one – by – one.

Pros of Conventional Pen and Paper method.

  •          Its well tested method.
  •          Most of the students have prior exposure to this system via test series and PMT level exams.
  •          For some its simply easy this way.

Cons of Conventional method:

  •          Its takes more time to fill OMR.
  •          Wrongly marked answers cannot be corrected.
  •          There may occur mistake in filling the answer key due to jumping of one column, for example if someone fill answer of Q10 in column of Q11 by mistake and do not realize the mistake it may spoil all the answers marked after that.

Here are some major Pros and Cons of both the systems. Now its upto you which one suits best for you. We hope that this article help you in making a better decision and relieve some of your confusion.

If you have any more of the Pros and Cons of the systems which we have left out please tell everyone by replying to this post.

Applicability of Neet in Andhra Pradesh

Applicability of Neet in Andhra Pradesh

Applicability of Neet in Andhra Pradesh 

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is mandatory for admissions to undergraduate and postgraduate courses in all the Government and private medical colleges that come under the ambit of the Indian Medical Council (IMC) Act, 1956.

The States of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and UT of Puducherry have requested for exemption from NEET. The States of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have filed writ petitions in the respective High Courts seeking exemption from NEET. These petitions alongwith other similar peritions filed by a number of private medical colleges/institutions have been transferred to the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and the matter is sub-judice.

Though Andhra Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir have special provisions under the Constitution, there is no conflict between these provisions and IMC Act, 1956 or NEET regulations made there under, which are enacted having regard to entry 66 List I of Seventh Schedule of the Constitution.

In view of the order dated 13.12.2012 of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in T.C. Case No. 101 of 2012 and connected cases, permitting the Medical Council of India and Dental Council of India as well as the States and Universities and other Institutions to conduct their respective examinations for MBBS, BDS and Postgraduate courses and restraining them from publishing the result till the outcome of pending cases, it is open for the students from Andhra Pradesh to appear in NEET-2013 or EAMCET or both.

This information was given by Minister for Health & Family Welfare Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.


(Release ID :93472)


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Monday, March 11, 2013

AIIMS will conduct July 2013 session entrance in both online and offline mode

AIIMS will conduct July 2013 session entrance in both online and offline mode

As a new development in the AIIMS MD/MS entrance exam, AIIMS has decided to conduct exam in both CBT mode and Pencil-Paper mode. This new addition is done from the entrance exam of July 2013 session. Exam is on 11th may 2013.

This CBT mode will only be implemented for MD/MS seats entrance, and also with condition of sufficient students opting for it.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

NEET PG case 6th March 2013: Hearing will continue on 7th March

NEET PG case 6th March 2013: Hearing will continue on 7th March

NEET PG case (T.C.(C)No.98/2012) is listed as item no. 5 in the final cause list for Court no. 1 (Chief Justice’s court) on 6th March 2013

  • The bench will sit upto 2:55pm only
  • Mr KKV continued his arguments against MCI in the morning session . 
  • MCI lawyers requested for the release of NEET-PG results through interim orders.
  • Tomorrow Mr KKV will speak for another 30 minutes.
  • Next hearing on March 7.
Validity of NEET PG for 2013: Give your Opinion

Validity of NEET PG for 2013: Give your Opinion

NEET PG 2012 is going through a lot of Controversies in its very first year, with >80 cases in court and results getting unexpectedly delayed, leaving >90000 medicos in limbo.

What do you think is the future of NEET PG for year 2013. Do you think there will again be a NEET PG in 2013. 

Please give your opinion by commenting to this post and also cast your vote.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

NEET PG Case 5th March 2013 Updates: Case will continue on 6th March

NEET PG Case 5th March 2013 Updates: Case will continue on 6th March

NEET PG case (T.C.(C)No.98/2012) is listed as item no. 4 in the final cause list for Court no. 1 (Chief Justice’s court)

  • The bench will sit upto 2:55pm only
  • The last hearing was on 28th February
  • Today, the case discussion started with Mr. R Venkatamani (On behalf of Pondicherry), which was proceeded by arguments from Mr.K. K. Venugopal, on behalf of linguistic minorities and some colleges in karnataka.
  • The case will continue on 6th March 2013. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Friday, March 1, 2013

NEET PG case postponed to 5th March 2013

NEET PG case postponed to 5th March 2013

Case Highlights:
  • Mr.Rajeev Dhawan concluded his arguments yesterday (27/2/2013)
  • Today the hearing started with Mr. Ambhoj Kumar Sinha, Senior Advocate, representing Ramachandra University (Case – 90,123,129 S.(4001) ). He presented his arguments then Mr.Pavani Parameswara Rao (P.P. Rao) presented his arguments on behalf of the State of Andhra Pradesh. Finally, Mr. Nageswara Rao presented his arguments (he represented private colleges)
Summary of arguments:
  • The MCI act does not empower the Medical Council of India with the authority to make regulations regarding entrance examinations
  • The MCI can decide how to run MBBS and PG courses
  • But the universities and colleges have the power to choose the process by which students are admitted into the colleges

Case has been postponed to 5th March for next hearing.