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Gujarat may exempt NEET from this year

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Gujarat may exempt NEET from this year
The Gujarat State government may exempt the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) from this year for admission to the Medical courses across the country.

Earlier, State health department has requested the apex court to join the NEET from next year. Even, there has been lot of pressure from the students and parents community against NEET in Gujarat.

A group of 15 students from school in surat filed a public interest litigation (PIL), challenging against the move by Medical Council of India (MCI) to conduct NEET UG 2013. The PIL also opposed MCI's move to conduct the exams either in Hindi ot English, stating that it will put the Gujarati medium students of the state in trouble.

While it was later clarified that the exam would be conducted in Gujarati language, parents were up in arms against the NEET saying that the students are not prepared for the entrance exam.

MCI Officials said that "According to the parents, semester system was introduced in Gujarat last year due to which students concentrated on class 11 syllabus this year. NEET is based on the Class 11 and Class 12 syllabus for which the students have little time to prepare now,"

Mainly NEET admission will be based on the performance of students in the entrance exam, parents were against with this. They are required to score only 50% marks in HSC science for eligibility.

"unlike other state, students in Gujarat have always relied on their performance in HSC science exams. They are uncomfortable with entire weightage on NEET especially when comprehensive preparation material is not yet available in the state," the officials added.

Principal secretary, health, Rajesh Kishore said that the state government has submitted its reply on the issue sought by the apex court. "The final verdict will be delivered by the Supreme Court. It is not prudent to comment on the issue at this stage:, said Kishore.

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