Proceedings of the Meeting held on thursday at Vikasa Soudha, Bangalore called by the Medical Education Minister S.A Ramdas. Shri Siddaiah, IAS, Prl. Secretary, Higher Education, Shri K.S. Prabhakar , IAS, Secretary, Medical Education, Shri Chakravarthi Mohan, IAS, Executive Director, KEA, attended the meeting.
After detailed discussions amongst members present the following decisions were taken:
- It was unanimously agreed to provide following support to ensure optimal participation of students from rural and urban areas of Karnataka in NEET (Medical) Examination to be held on 12.05.2013.
- Capacity build all PUC teachers to address all students to fill NEET Applications, Schedule of NEET pre-examination activity and conduct of NEET (Medical) mock examination.
- Identify competent Resource Persons to deliver talks on NEET(Medical) syllabus to particularly ensure:
- Conceptual teaching
- Memory Skill improvement and problem solving approaches
- hands on training on Mock Examinations.
Executive Director, KEA agreed to prepare Plan of Action with time lines and budget and have the same approved by the Vice Chairman KEA, and ensure implementation in the interest of optimising NEET (Medical) results in Karnataka.
The officials also decided that though the examination will be conducted by the CBSE, counselling will be done for Karnataka students as per the reservation policy of the state.
Regarding the level of questions in NEET (Medical) Examination in view of CBSE syllabus still being adapted in all PU Colleges, it was agreed that it would be in the best interest of the PU students particularly from Rural Karnataka that the CET level/standards of questions are maintained in NEET examination and a letter to this effect shall be addressed to the Chairman and President COBSE, CBSE Board, New Delhi.
Further it was also felt imperative that centers for holding NEET (Medical) examination in Karnataka State should not be confined only to Bangalore, Hubli and Mangalore but examination centres should also be approved to be at Shimoga, Belgaum, Gulbarga and Mysore. It was felt that if this was not done, then, the number of students taking NEET examination would go down in Karnataka.
In the interest of ensuring NEET(Medical) examination to be taken by Rural students of Karnataka it was necessary that the examination paper shall also have Kannada version of the questions. A letter seeking NEET question paper in Kannada was agreed to be sent to Chairman and President COBSE , CBSE Board, New Delhi.