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New Delhi: The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday cleared a proposal for creation of a National Testing Agency (NTA), to conduct entrance tests which are at present being conducted by the CBSE. The proposal for a centralized testing agency was shared in the Budget 2017. The sole purpose of the National Testing Agency, NTA was to relieve Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE from its duties of conducting entrance examination so as to focus on improving the quality of higher education in country. With NTA, it is likely that entrance examinations like JEE Main, NEET, NET, CTET and entrance test for Jawahar Navodya Vidyalas, presently conducted by CBSE, would be conducted twice a year from 2019 onwards.

An official statement said the NTA will be created as a Society registered under the Indian Societies Registration Act, 1860, and as an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for higher educational institutions. The NTA would initially conduct those entrance examinations which are currently being conducted by the CBSE. Other examinations will be taken up gradually by the NTA.
Apart from Class 10 and 12 board exams, CBSE conducts five other tests which include Joint Engineering Entrance (JEE), NEET, UGC's National Eligibility Test (twice a year), Central Teacher Eligibility Test (twice a year) and the entrance test for Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas. Under the NTA, the entrance examinations will be conducted in online mode at least twice a year, thereby giving adequate opportunity to candidates to bring out their best, said a statement. In order to serve the requirements of the rural students, it would locate the centres at sub-district and district level and as far as possible would undertake hands-on training to the students.

The NTA will be chaired by an eminent educationist appointed by Human Resources Development Ministry, the CEO will be the Director General, who will be appointed by the government and there will be a Board of Governors comprising members from user institutions. The Director General of this body will be assisted by nine verticals headed by academicians and experts. The NTA will be given a one-time grant of Rs 25 crore from the central government to start its operation in the first year. Thereafter, it is to be financially self-sustainable.


হাইকোর্টের আদেশ স্থগিত

এমবিবিএসে দ্বিতীয়বার ভর্তি-ইচ্ছুকদের নম্বর কাটা যাবে
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১৪ সেপ্টেম্বর ২০১৭, ১৪:৩৭
২০১৭-২০১৮ শিক্ষাবর্ষে এমবিবিএস-বিডিএস ভর্তি পরীক্ষায় দ্বিতীয়বার অংশগ্রহণকারীদের ৫ নম্বর কাটার সিদ্ধান্ত স্থগিত করে হাইকোর্টের দেওয়া আদেশ স্থগিত করেছেন চেম্বার বিচারপতি।

ফলে এমবিবিএস-বিডিএস ভর্তি পরীক্ষায় দ্বিতীয়বার অংশগ্রহণকারীদের ৫ নম্বর কাটা যাবে বলে জানিয়েছেন অ্যাটর্নি জেনারেল মাহবুবে আলম।

হাইকোর্টের আদেশ স্থগিত চেয়ে রাষ্ট্রপক্ষের করা আবেদনের শুনানি নিয়ে আজ বৃহস্পতিবার অবকাশকালীন চেম্বার বিচারপতি হাসান ফয়েজ সিদ্দিকী ওই আদেশ দেন।

একই সঙ্গে আগামী ৩ অক্টোবর আবেদনটি আপিল বিভাগের নিয়মিত বেঞ্চে শুনানির জন্য পাঠিয়ে দিয়েছেন অবকাশকালীন চেম্বার বিচারপতি।

এক রিট আবেদনের প্রাথমিক শুনানি নিয়ে গত ১২ সেপ্টেম্বর হাইকোর্টের অবকাশকালীন একটি দ্বৈত বেঞ্চ পাঁচ নম্বর কাটার সিদ্ধান্ত স্থগিত করেন। সিদ্ধান্তটি কেন আইনগত কর্তৃত্ববহির্ভূত হবে না, তা জানতে চেয়ে রুলও দেন আদালত।

হাইকোর্টের আদেশ স্থগিত চেয়ে রাষ্ট্রপক্ষ গতকাল বুধবার অবকাশকালীন চেম্বার বিচারপতির আদালতে আবেদন করে। আবেদনটি আজ শুনানির জন্য ওঠে।

আজ আদালতে রাষ্ট্রপক্ষে ছিলেন অ্যাটর্নি জেনারেল মাহবুবে আলম। পরে তিনি বলেন, হাইকোর্টের আদেশ স্থগিত করেছেন চেম্বার বিচারপতি। এর ফলে ভর্তি পরীক্ষায় দ্বিতীয়বার অংশগ্রহণকারী পরীক্ষার্থীদের প্রাপ্ত নম্বর থেকে ৫ নম্বর কাটা যাবে।

২০১৭-২০১৮ শিক্ষাবর্ষে এমবিবিএস ও বিডিএস কোর্সে প্রথম বর্ষে ভর্তির আবেদন আহ্বান করে গত ২১ আগস্ট পত্রিকায় বিজ্ঞপ্তি দেয় স্বাস্থ্য অধিদপ্তর। বিজ্ঞপ্তির ৬ নম্বর প্যারায় বলা হয়, ২০১৭-২০১৮ শিক্ষাবর্ষে এমবিবিএস বা বিডিএস ভর্তি পরীক্ষায় পূর্ববর্তী বছরের এইচএসসি উত্তীর্ণ পরীক্ষার্থীদের সর্বমোট নম্বর থেকে ৫ নম্বর কর্তন করে মেধাতালিকা তৈরি করা হবে। এর বৈধতা চ্যালেঞ্জ করে গত ২৭ আগস্ট রিট করেন সুপ্রিম কোর্টের আইনজীবী ইউনুছ আলী .নম্বর কাটা উচিৎ। কেননা যারা আগের বছরে ভর্তি হতে পারেন নাই, তাদের দ্বিতীয় বার
পরীক্ষা দিতে পারার সুযোগপ্রাপ্তরা ভালো করেই পরীক্ষা দেবে। তাই তাদের জন্য কিছু কাফফারার ব্যবস্থা থাকা দরকার ছিল।


Chennai, Sept. 6: Thousands of school and college students today jumped into the agitation demanding exemption for Tamil Nadu from the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for medical seats and a judicial inquiry into the death of aspirant S. Anitha.

Students from neighbouring Puducherry also joined the protests against the test and the death of Anitha, the 17-year-old found hanging last week after failing the NEET despite having done brilliantly in the Tamil Nadu board exams earlier.

The agitators managed to get into the memorial of Jayalalithaa, dodging police who took almost 40 minutes to remove them. The memorial is on the Marina beach, which had been the nerve-centre of the jallikattu (bull-taming sport) agitation that stretched for days. Nineteen boys and eight girls were booked for creating disturbance at the memorial today. Many arterial roads in Chennai were blocked by the agitators, throwing traffic out of gear.


Protests were also held in other parts of Tamil Nadu. Activists of student bodies like the CPM-affiliated Students' Federation of India and the Viduthalai Chiruthaikal Party, which is spearheading the agitation, were present in several places.

This was the fifth day of the agitation triggered by the su***de of Anitha, the daughter of a day labourer from Ariyalur district of Tamil Nadu and one of those who had unsuccessfully moved the Supreme Court against making NEET mandatory. The ruling shattered her dreams of becoming a doctor.

Chief minister E.K. Palanisamy said today that despite its best efforts, his government could not get the NEET exemption. "We have to implement the directive (admissions based on NEET) of the Supreme Court."

K. Pandiarajan, current minister for development of the Tamil language and culture who was education minister earlier when the case was on, asserted that he was in no way responsible for the NEET-based admissions in Tamil Nadu. Leaders of the ruling AIADMK, such as Palanisamy and Pandiarajan, and those of main Opposition DMK have been blaming each other for the situation.

Tamil Nadu, one of the progressive states in terms of social justice, had abolished entrance examinations for professional courses in 2007 to help rural students and those from economically weaker sections. As it is commonly believed that private coaching is indispensable for cracking entrance examinations, most students from these sections found it difficult to compete in the tests.

When NEET was introduced last year, Tamil Nadu managed to get an exemption. This year too, the government did try to get one, even attempting an ordinance and reserving 85 per cent medical seats for state board students as a back-up measure.

While the ordinance was not approved by the Centre, students from other boards like the CBSE contested the 85 per cent reservation in the Supreme Court and sought the NEET to be mandatory across the country. The judges ruled in their favour.

By then, the NEET had been held and the results declared. Till the last moment, the medical aspirants in Tamil Nadu were not sure which results would be used for admissions - the state board's or the NEET's. On August 22, the top court directed the state to complete medical admissions based only on the NEET by September 4. Anitha was found hanging at home on September 1.


TAMIL NADU: Union Minister Nirmala Sitaraman's promise that the Centre would cooperate to exempt Tamil Nadu from National Eligibility cm Entrance Test (NEET), the all-India medical entrance test, for one year if the state government promulgated an Ordinance, has triggered a fresh wave of opposition by students who have cracked the test.

Srinivas, a medical aspirant, is shocked at the possibility of an ordinance that would exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET for undergraduate medical admission for yet another year. He says he worked hard after the Supreme Court made NEET mandatory from this year. He scored 97 per cent marks in CBSE Class 12 and 94 percentile in NEET. Any exemption, he says, would ruin his MBBS dream.

He said, "They are playing with our lives. Why couldn't they say this a year ago? Not after the exams are over."

Another MBBS aspirant, J Monish, said, "They are punishing us for following the Supreme Court order."

Though an overwhelming majority of state board students has demanded an exemption, a few like Vignesh Balaji say such decisions can't be last minute and arbitrary. He took a year's break to crack NEET and he is unsure about his future.

For many years, admission to medical colleges in Tamil Nadu was offered on the basis of Class 12 marks so that rural students in state board schools who can't afford private coaching have an equal chance.

The Centre appears to have now softened its stand. On Sunday, Union Minister Nirmala Sitaraman said "the centre will cooperate". And if the Union government promulgates an Ordinance it will face legal challenge.

Nalini Chidambaram, who is representing pro-NEET students, said, "As Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK had supported BJP's Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates, they are willing to exempt for a year. Earlier, they never bothered even after assembly resolution."

While many states have begun medical counselling, the nightmare continues for aspirants in Tamil Nadu and it appears the issue could turn into a long drawn legal battle.


Tamil Nadu has been pressing for the presidential assent to two bills adopted in the state assembly in February. The bills will allow undergraduate medical admissions on the basis of class 12 marks, exempting Tamil Nadu from the ambit of NEET for admission to MBBS/BDS course:-

Chennai Deputy speaker in Lok Sabha M Thambidurai and Tamil Nadu health minister C Vijayabaskar on Tuesday called on Union commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman seeking exemption for the state from the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). Candidates successful in NEET get admission to medical (MBBS) and dental (BDS) colleges in India.

Health department secretary J Radhakrishnan was also present during their meeting with Sitharaman in New Delhi, official sources said.

During the brief interaction, the leaders sought exemption for the state from NEET.

Tamil Nadu has been pressing for the presidential assent to two bills adopted in the Tamil Nadu Assembly in February.

The bills seek continuation of the undergraduate medical admissions on the basis of class 12 marks, exempting Tamil Nadu from the ambit of NEET for admission to MBBS/BDS courses.

Chief minister K Palaniswami had raised the NEET issue with prime minister Narendra Modi recently. A ministerial delegation had also met Modi.

AIADMK Puratchi Thalaivi Amma faction led by former chief minister O Panneerselvam has also taken up the issue with Modi.


Having mishandled NEET, Tamil Nadu must focus on upgrading academic standards

This is one failure that the Tamil Nadu government will struggle to live down. Its handling of the challenge posed by the new norm that all medical college admissions should be based solely on the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test has been a disaster. It failed to prepare students under its school education board for the demanding common entrance test conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, and it could not defend before the judiciary its controversial decision to block 85% of medical seats for State board students. In the process, it has completely let down aspiring doctors from the State. The admission scene for professional courses has been beset by uncertainty, confusion and all-round despair. The national admission policy was undoubtedly thrust on an unwilling State government by the Supreme Court and the Centre. Yet, despite knowing that the State cannot remain insulated from the policy, the Tamil Nadu government did not respond with a concrete plan to upgrade its syllabus and prepare students for the task ahead. On the contrary, it misled students into believing that they would get an exemption from NEET. It may have been justified in passing two Bills to exempt the State from NEET and send them to the Centre to secure the President’s assent. But meanwhile it should have told students to be ready for NEET if the assent did not come. The Centre is obviously reluctant to advise the President to give his assent, as granting exemption to one State may lead to similar demands from other States; and, the legislation may not survive the Supreme Court’s scrutiny.

It was an act of desperation that led the State government to reserve 85% of the seats for Tamil Nadu board students. The biggest flaw was that classifying students based on the board through which they passed their higher secondary examination was legally impermissible. It was no surprise when a single judge struck down the order. Now, a Division Bench has upheld the decision. It has made a pertinent observation that it is up to the State government to upgrade its syllabus and infrastructure so that students from Tamil Nadu do not lag behind their counterparts elsewhere. Tamil Nadu’s apprehensions about NEET-based admissions are genuine. The prospects of students from rural areas and economically weaker classes may indeed suffer. However, these fears need not be permanent. The time has come for the State government to focus on raising academic standards at the school level. It can no more evade its responsibility for State board students not faring well in highly competitive entrance tests. It should rework its school syllabus and teaching methods to get State board students NEET-ready next year. As for this year’s medical admissions, enough time has been lost. The State should move ahead with the process of admitting students based on the NEET rankings without further ado.


Anand Rai to approach Delhi HC with evidence of tampered computers

Anand Rai, the whistleblower in the Madhya Pradesh medical admissions scam or Vyapam scam, is to move the Delhi High Court for a CBI probe into alleged use of fraudulent means by candidates in the National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for post-graduate medical courses held in November last year. Dr Rai alleged that about 500 candidates were involved.

Drawing a comparison with the Vyapam scam, which is being probed by the CBI, Dr. Rai said he had identified six centres — located in Delhi, Noida, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Bhubaneswar and Ranchi —where, he alleged, candidates had used fraudulent means.

Share-in software was used to leak the paper,” he said, stating that the police had in the past six months investigated only two centres in Noida and Chandigarh.

Police charge sheet

The allegations are currently being investigation by the Delhi Police Crime Branch, which recently filed a charge sheet in the case involving Prometric Testing Pvt Ltd, which was hired by the National Board of Examinations to conduct the test online. About one lakh candidates had appeared in the examination.

Dr. Rai said no action was taken against those involved in destruction of evidence. “This investigation is a mockery. The truth is that these candidates were allowed to take admission and now they are serving in important hospitals across the country. I have, therefore, decided to approach the Delhi High Court for a CBI inquiry,” he said.


NEET বিক্ষোভ: আরও রাজ্য যুদ্ধ যোগদান
পশ্চিমবঙ্গ, গুজরাট এবং তামিলনাডু ইংরেজিতে একের সাথে তুলনা করলে কাগজপত্রগুলিতে অসুবিধাজনক মাত্রার দাবির ভিত্তিতে আঞ্চলিক ভাষায় এনইটি'র বিরুদ্ধে প্রতিবাদ জানাচ্ছে। বৃহস্পতিবার তামিলনাড়ুতে প্রায় সব প্রধান বিরোধী দল রাস্তায় বেরিয়ে আসেন, যাঁরা মানবসম্পদ বিভাগের জন্য একমাত্র প্রবেশদ্বার, জাতীয় যোগ্যতা ও প্রবেশিকা পরীক্ষার (এনইটি) তৈরির বিরুদ্ধে প্রতিবাদ করার জন্য কেন্দ্রীয় সরকারী অফিসে মানববন্ধন ও পিকিং গঠন করে।

তামিল নাড়ু একা নয় এনএইটি-ভিত্তিক ভর্তি প্রক্রিয়ার অভিষেক বছরে এক মাস, এটি রাজ্যের জুড়ে এটির বিরুদ্ধে প্রচণ্ড প্রতিবাদ প্রদর্শনের সর্বশেষতম। বিশেষজ্ঞরা বলছেন, গত এক বছরে সুপ্রীম কোর্টের আদেশে এক জাতি-এক-পরীক্ষা-এক-মেধার তালিকার তত্ত্ব-এর ভিত্তিতে একটি প্রশ্ন করা হয়েছে, যা গত বছর এনইইটি-এর এক এবং একমাত্র প্রবেশপন্থী যা বর্তমান বছরে মেডিকেড অধ্যয়নের জন্য তৈরি করেছে- একটি স্তরের খেলার ক্ষেত্র নিশ্চিত করার জন্য তার প্রচেষ্টা ভাল চেয়ে আরও ক্ষতি করেছেন।
হ্যাকিংয়ের পর এনএইচ টি প্রশ্নপত্রের একটি ছিদ্রের অনুমান, একদিকে পুনরায় পরীক্ষা করার জন্য গ্রেফতার এবং দাবির দিকে অগ্রসর হচ্ছে, তবে তামিলনাড়ু মত রাজ্যগুলি মেডিক্যাল শিক্ষা ক্ষেত্রে একক পরীক্ষার ব্যবস্থা করার প্রশ্ন করছে। সম্প্রতি একটি অধিবেশনে প্রস্তাবিত একটি প্রস্তাব পাস করে রাজ্যটি বলেছে যে সিবিএসই-এর অধীনে শিক্ষার্থীদের তুলনায় রাষ্ট্রীয় বোর্ডের শিক্ষার্থী অপ্রত্যাশিত হয়েছে, যা এনইটি পরিচালিত হয়, যার ফলে রাষ্ট্রীয় ছাত্রদের 85% আসন সংরক্ষণের আদেশ দিয়ে সরকার পাস করে।

কিন্তু এই মাসের শুরুর দিকে মাদ্রাজ হাই কোর্টের আদেশ বাতিল করা হয়, যার ফলে প্রতিবাদ বিক্ষোভকারীদের রাস্তায় ছড়িয়ে পড়ে। তাপ মোকাবেলা, চেন্নাই এখন নতুন দিল্লিকে তামিলনাড়ুকে বর্তমান বছরের জন্য এনইইটি থেকে ছাড়ের জন্য সন্তুষ্ট করার চেষ্টা করছে।

প্রতিবেশী পুদুচ্চিরিতে একই রকমের উদ্বেগ রয়েছে, যেখানে প্রধানমন্ত্রীর উপাচার্য ভি নারায়ণস্বামী বহির্মুখী সহকারী ছাত্রের পিছনে তার ওজন নিক্ষেপ করেছেন, এবং এনইটি কাউন্সেলিংকে স্থগিত করতে চেয়েছিলেন। কিন্তু ভারতীয় মেডিক্যাল কাউন্সিল (এমসিআই) এই সপ্তাহে তার অনুরোধ প্রত্যাখ্যান করে, বিক্ষোভের সৃষ্টি করে।

সরকার অভ্যন্তরীণ রিজার্ভেশন করার চেষ্টা করছে, ছাত্ররা এটিকে অতিক্রম করার জন্য ধারণাগুলি নিয়ে আসছে। উদাহরণস্বরূপ, মহারাষ্ট্রের রাজধানী এনএইচটি যোগ্যতার তালিকায় প্রার্থীদের সন্দেহের ভিত্তিতে মঙ্গলবার ভর্তি প্রক্রিয়া স্থগিত করেছে, যারা উত্তর প্রদেশ, দিল্লি এবং অন্যান্য রাজ্যের অধিভুক্ত অধিবাসীদেরকে মহারাষ্ট্রের বাসিন্দা বলে দাবি করে। ২5 জুলাই টাইমস অফ ইন্ডিয়া জানায়। রাজধানীর এনইটি মেটিট লিস্টের অনুরূপ বিষয়গুলিও সমাহিত করা হয়, যা কোটা মত কোচিং ইনস্টিটিউটগুলোর মধ্যে সবচেয়ে বেশি দাবি করে, টাইমস অফ ইন্ডিয়া জানায় মঙ্গলবার।

উত্তর প্রদেশে, সরকার আউশদের জন্য প্রযোজ্য এনইটি প্রযোজক প্রবর্তন করার চেষ্টা করেছিল যারা আউশের মত বিকল্প ঔষধ কোর্স যেমন আ্যওয়ার্ডেড, যোগ, নিস্পৃহতা, ইউনিনী, সিদ্ধ এবং হোমিওপ্যাথী-একুশের কোর্সগুলি একত্রিত করতে চেয়েছিলেন। বুধবার এলাহাবাদ উচ্চ আদালতে এই পদক্ষেপ বাতিল করা হয়েছে, প্রেস ট্রাস্ট অব ইন্ডিয়া জানায়, ভর্তির প্রক্রিয়াটি এখনো পর্যন্ত অনিশ্চয়তার একটি মেঘ ছাড়ছে।

পশ্চিমবঙ্গ, গুজরাট ও তামিলনাডুর মত রাজ্যেও সিবিএসই আঞ্চলিক ভাষায় এনইটি হ'ল, ইংরেজিতে তুলনা করে কাগজপত্রের সমস্যাগুলির বিভিন্ন স্তরের দাবির উপর ভিত্তি করে, পশ্চিমবঙ্গ, গুজরাট এবং তামিলনাডুর মতো রাজ্যগুলিতেও সমস্যাটি ঘটেছে। গত বছর রবিবার গুজরাটের পরীক্ষায় উত্তীর্ণ ছাত্রছাত্রীদের বাবা-মায়েরা প্রতিবাদ মিছিলে "কঠোর" প্রশ্নে প্রতিদ্বন্দ্বিতা করে, যখন পশ্চিমবঙ্গের সংসদ সদস্য ডেরেক ও'ব্রায়েন সোমবার রাজ্যসভায় এই বিষয়টি উত্থাপন করেন।

এনইটি-তে সাধারণ গেটওয়ে তৈরির অর্থ এই যে, সংশ্লিষ্ট রাজ্য সরকারগুলি সমগ্র আওতার প্রক্রিয়াটি পরিচালনা করতে পারে, যা পূর্ববর্তী বছরগুলির মতো নয়, যখন বেসরকারী ব্যবস্থাপনাগুলি বিভিন্ন রাজ্যে তাদের নিজস্ব মেইট তালিকা থেকে আসনগুলি পূরণ করছিল। সরকারের তত্ত্বাবধানে ফি প্রদান করা এবং কিছু বেসরকারী কলেজের সাথে সম্পর্কিত অসংগতিগুলির অবসান ঘটানোর কথা ভাবা হয়েছিল, যেমন আসন অনুপাতে রিভিউ চাওয়া।

যাইহোক, এখন পর্যন্ত, কর্ণাটক এবং কেরালা মত রাজ্যের অভিজ্ঞতা ভিন্ন হয়েছে। পোস্ট এনইটি, উভয় রাজ্য সরকার একটি ফি বৃদ্ধি বা অনুমোদনমূলক কার্টলিটিং কর্ম অনুমতি দেওয়া হয়। কেরালায়, বেসরকারী খেলোয়াড়দের দ্বারা দায়ের করা ফি আনতে সরকার একটি অভিন্ন ফি কাঠামো সংশোধন করেছে, কিন্তু এর মানে হল উচ্চ শিক্ষায় দরিদ্র জনগোষ্ঠীকে সমর্থন করার জন্য এটি দুই-দশক-পূর্বের ইতিবাচক পদক্ষেপের সমাপ্তি ঘটেছে।

কর্ণাটকের সরকার, অধীন-সম্মানিত শিক্ষার্থীদের জন্য ইতিবাচক পদক্ষেপ গ্রহণের জন্য সরকারের পরিচালনায় পরিচালিত হলেও, বেসরকারি কলেজগুলিকে 1 হাজার 99 লাখ টাকা এবং 1.88 কোটি টাকায় ফি বাড়ানোর অনুমতি দেওয়া হয়।

কেরালার একটি বেসরকারি কলেজের শিক্ষা বিশেষজ্ঞ ও প্রতিনিধি ফজল গফুর বলেন, "এই বছরটি সুপ্রিম কোর্ট ন্যূরেটে গত বছরের সাধারণ প্রবেশদ্বার হিসাবে নির্ধারণ করে দিয়েছে"। "এটি এমন কোনও ছাত্রছাত্রী যাদের উচ্চমানের কোচিং সেন্টার বা উচ্চমাধ্যমিক কোচিং বা স্কুল না থাকায় তাদের উচ্চতর উন্নত রাষ্ট্র থেকে আসার আগেই এটি করা হয়েছিল। স্বাভাবিকভাবেই, রাজ্য সরকার নিরাপত্তার জন্য চেষ্টা করবে|


NEET protests: More states join the fight
West Bengal, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu are also protesting against NEET in regional languages, based on claims of varying levels of difficulty in the papers when compared to the one in English. Almost all major opposition parties in Tamil Nadu were out on the streets on Thursday, forming human chains and picketing central government offices, to protest against making National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) the sole gateway for medical admission.

Tamil Nadu is not alone. One month into the debut year of NEET-based admission process, this is the latest in the show of fierce protests against it across states. Experts said it has cast a question on whether the one-nation-one-test-one-merit list theory—the premise behind a Supreme Court order last year which made NEET the one and only entry point to study medicine in the current year—has done more harm than good in its attempt to ensure a level-playing field.
While speculations of a leak of NEET question paper after hacking is leading to arrests and demands for a re-test on one side, states like Tamil Nadu are questioning the arrangement of holding a single test in the field of medical education. The state near unanimously passed an assembly resolution recently saying that the state board students have been unfairly disadvantaged when compared to students under CBSE, which conducts the NEET, which was followed by the government passing an order reserving 85% of the seats for state students.

But the order was struck down by Madras high court earlier this month, causing the protests to spill out to the streets. Facing the heat, Chennai is now trying to convince New Delhi to get Tamil Nadu an exemption from NEET for the current year.

Similar concerns prevail in neighbouring Puducherry, where chief minister V. Narayanasamy has thrown his weight behind the insider student versus the outsider, and wanted to postpone the NEET counselling. But the Medical Council of India (MCI) rejected his request this week, triggering protests.

While the governments are trying for internal reservation, the students are coming out with ideas to overcome it. In Maharashtra, for instance, the government stalled the admission process on Tuesday over suspicion of candidates in the NEET merit list in the state, who claim to be residents of Maharashtra but have domicile certificates in other states like Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and so on, reported the Times of India on 25 July. Similar issues are marring the NEET merit list in Rajasthan, which houses one of the most sought after coaching institutes like KOTA, the Times of India reported on Tuesday.

In Uttar Pradesh, the government tried to make NEET applicable for aspirants who wanted to study alternative medicine courses such as ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, unani, siddha and homoeopathy—together called AYUSH courses. The move was quashed by the Allahabad high court on Wednesday, Press Trust of India reported, leaving a cloud of uncertainty over the admission process so far.

The CBSE holding NEET in regional languages has also landed up in trouble in states like West Bengal, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, based on claims of varying levels of difficulty in the papers when compared to the one in English. The parents of the students who have written the test in Gujarati held a protest march in Ahmedabad last Sunday, challenging “tougher” questions, while West Bengal parliamentarian Derek O’Brien raised the issue in Rajya Sabha on Monday.

Making NEET the common gateway also meant the respective state governments can take over the entire allotment process, unlike earlier years when private managements were filling up seats from their own merit lists in many states. The government overseeing was thought to bring down the fees and put an end to some of the anomalies often associated with private colleges, such as asking for bribe in favour of seats.

However, so far, the experience in states like Karnataka and Kerala has been different. Post NEET, both state governments are allowing a fee hike or curtailing affirmative actions. In Kerala, the government fixed a uniform fee structure to bring down the fees charged by private players, but it meant it has put an end to a two-decade-old affirmative action to support the underprivileged in higher education.

In Karnataka, the government managed to continue with the affirmative action for under-privileged students, but had to allow private colleges to hike fees to the range of Rs99 lakh and Rs1.88 crore, according to a report in The Hindu on Sunday.

“All of this should have been expected the day Supreme Court fixed NEET as the common entrance last year,” said Fazal Gafoor, an education expert and representative of private colleges from Kerala. “What it did was to pit students coming from an elite entrance coaching centre or from a highly developed state against those who don’t have quality coaching or schools. Naturally, the state governments will try to safeguard the interests of their states. What we are seeing are the practical difficulties in the plan itself, not in the execution,” he said.


With the admission process in full swing, students are finding it difficult to understand the complexities of the counselling process. With the second round of registrations impending from the August 1, students need to be careful regarding their preparations to breeze through comfortably during the counselling sessions.
According to a Supreme Court directive, states need to conduct a common centralised counselling process for admissions in private, central and deemed universities as well as government colleges located in that particular state. This ensures a level-playing field for students and reduces the autocracy of individual institutions in the admission process.
With the second round of registrations beginning from August 1, the entire process of students' registration and application needs to be repeated again. Thus, it is a good time to revisit the entire process and remember the things that should be on priority #1 for students looking to get in the institutes of their choice.
1. Online registration:
The first step in the process, it is very important to have patience and study the registration form carefully. All the information entered online needs to be carefully submitted, as mistakes in the form might cost you unnecessary hassles.
2. Locking in the choices:
Every student needs to enter the preferred college and course list according to the marks obtained in the NEET exam. Devote a significant amount of time and identify the pros and cons of each institution as this list defines the pool of institutions from which the final one will be chosen.
3. Post college allotment notification:
The process of seat allotment for the second round will take place from 5-7th August. Candidates should join a college as soon as possible because if a student fails to do during the stipulated amount of time, he/she will not be eligible for the next round of counselling.
It is also important to join a college as soon as possible because different colleges have different working hours or holiday schedules which might become the major obstacle between you and your coveted seat. In some colleges, even two to three days are required for the admission process to be completed, hence taking an early admission is prudent.
4. Documents to be required:
Candidates belonging to the SC/ST/OBC category should bring their Birth certificate and updated proof from competent authority. Many a time, candidates have lost their seats due to caste certificate not being updated. Furthermore, admit card of NEET issued by CBSE, Result issued by CBSE, D.O.B. certificate, 10 and 10+2 certificate and mark sheet, a proof of identity and provisional allotment letter as received online should be carried along with eight passport size photographs.
The second round results of NEET will be published on August 8. Successful candidates would need to join their respective colleges from August 9 to August 16th 5 pm. Here's wishing all the successful candidates the very best during their counselling endeavours!
-With inputs from Ajit Kumar, Joint Registrar, Sharda University

Timeline photos 26/07/2017

Timeline photos

MCI lists debarred institutions in Bengal 26/07/2017

MCI lists debarred institutions in Bengal

The Medical Council of India (MCI) has cautioned students seeking admission in MBBS courses not to get in touch with private medical colleges which have been derecognised by it for the current academic session, as attempts are being made by some "unscrupulous elements" to guarantee them admission in these colleges. In West Bengal, ICARE Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Haldia run by an NGO associated with expelled CPI(M) MP, Laxman Seth was not given permission to admit candidates for college students to get 5,000 tickets academic year 2017-18 for infrastructural lapses. The other two private medical colleges are Gouri Devi Institute of Medical Sciences, Durgapur and IQ-City Medical College, Burdwan. The Gouri Devi Institute of Medical Sciences has been debarred from admission for two consecutive academic years of 2017-18 & 2018-19. Whereas, the IQ-City Medical College in Burdwan has not been granted permission by the MCI for the year 2017-18.

It has come to the notice of the MCI that some medical college authorities across the country who have been derecognised, are trying to admit candidates against high capitation fees but in reality, these medical colleges do not have the permission to run medical courses for this academic year at least. The MCI has also issued an advisory to the students urging them not to be misled by the "frivolous statements" of these college authorities or by the people who demand capitation fees with fake promises of securing them admission in such colleges. In its advisory, the MCI has categorically stated that admission in all medical colleges falling within the purview of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 for the academic year 2017-18 has to be through the common counselling conducted by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, government of India in case of 15 percent all India Quota seats in government medical colleges of the contributing states and for all MBBS seats in medical colleges run by deemed universities or by the designated authority of various state governments in respect of MBBS seats in government medical colleges and non-governmental medical colleges. Admissions made without common counseling is illegal. The MCI has not mentioned the names of any private medical colleges in its advisory. The MCI urged all the candidates interested in taking admission in various medical colleges to check the status regarding grant of permission by the Central government to the colleges from the website of Medical Council of India ie and they should proceed only after verifying the status of the permission of the colleges.

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