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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Medicos oppose post-graduate medical entrance test

Medicos oppose post-graduate medical entrance test

KANPUR: The medical students all across the state are protesting against the state-level entrance examination for post-graduate seats which is know as UPPGME. The interns and PG students of Ganesh Shanker Vidyarthi Memorial Medical College (GSVM) also joined the strike on Monday. The strike was called off after the intervention of senior GSVM authorities but the students still feel that conducting a separate examination is unfair.

The students said that there is no point in holding a state-level examination again when the government has agreed to allot postgraduate seats through the scores obtained in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).

The students are demanding cancellation of UPPGMEE on the grounds that they had already taken NEET. "Since both had a similar aim, there was no point taking the other and waste the efforts and money of the students," said an intern at GSVM.

Another intern stated that the pattern of national eligibility and entrance test and UPPGMEE were different. They cannot prepare for UPPGMEE in the short time span given by the organizers.

"The NEET examination was held in November and after at that the government showed no mood to organized UPPGME. The declaration of conducting UPPGME came in second week of February and the examination is on March 31. We got only 40 days to prepare for UPPGMEE which is too short, considering we have to prepare 20 subjects," he added.

The PG students also questioned why UP government was adamant to hold UPPGMEE when it has already given its consent to admit students on the basis of NEET scores in December last year.

"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 examination," said a student.

NEET is the result of Medical Council of India's recommendation to hold a common entrance examination. Proposed in 1997, NEET became a reality in 2011. It landed into litigation because several state governments and private colleges opposed it.


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