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Lok Sabha passes bill on NEET

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A significant bill aimed at putting in place a single common examination for medical and dental courses was today passed by the Lok Sabha, with the government saying even private colleges will be under its ambit.

The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and the The Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2016 provides a Constitutional status to the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) examination" which is intended to be introduced in the academic session next year.

The Bill seeks to amend the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 and the Dentists Act, 1948 and replace the Ordinances that were promulgated by the government to circumvent the Supreme Court order for implementation of NEET examination this session itself.

Moving the Bill for consideration and passing, Health Minister J P Nadda said there were three main objectives behind the move -- end the multiplicity of examinations, have fair and transparent examinations and adopt non-exploitative process.



He said earlier students w…

Petition filed against CPS courses in Gujrat

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The Indian Medical Association has filed an application before the Gujarat High Court seeking to put a halt on admissions to the post graduate diploma course in Mumbai's College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPS). The IMA plea is an addition to a pending petition seeking cancellation of affiliation granted to CPS by the Gujarat government. The Mumbai-based institute was derecognised by the Medical Council of India (MCI) earlier this year while the Maharashtra government also took action against the institute that has gained notoriety for alleged corruption in admissions to the post graduate diploma courses.

The plea is likely to come up for hearing on August 20. "It has come to knowledge that CPS, Mumbai, has started admission procedure and counseling is also being scheduled. The admission procedure has been started in direct contravention to the provisions of Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 and if the same is permitted to continue then the students will be misguided and they w…

MARD demands single session-single paper for PG entrance

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In a letter written to union health minister J P Nadda on July 10, central MARD president from Mumbai, Dr Sagar Mundada and secretary Dr Ayudh Magdum, have claimed that as per the Medical Council of India regulation, PG examinations should be a 'level playing field' which means that all students should be subjected to one set of question papers only.


But since past three years when National Board of Examination (NBE) has been conducting the PG entrance examination, the exam spans into 10-12 days as student's are divided into different batches and given different question papers. This results in a lot of disparity in the performance by students and it does not judge the students with the same yardstick.

"PG entrance has virtually become a game, more of luck than merit. Some question papers are relatively very easy and others difficult. This is really absurd. Earlier when AIIMS used to conduct this examination, it used to be a single day exam. We are just demanding unifo…

SC expresses doubt over validity of NEET ordinance

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday expressed doubt over validity of the ordinance providing that states could hold their own entrance examination for admission to undergraduate medical courses for the current academic year bypassing the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) but refused to interfere with its operation. Refusing to stay the operation of the ordinance as 50 percent of the states have already conducted their own entrance examination for admission to government medical colleges, a bench of Justice Anil R Dave, Justice Shiva Kirti Singh and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, however said: "Prima facie we find that the validity of the ordinance is open to doubt." NGO Sankalp had moved the top court seeking the stay of the ordinance contending that it was it was a patent exercise of judicial power in the garb of ordinance to put the court decision on hold for one year.A Apparently unhappy with the government taking the ordinance route giving states the option of o…