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UP Govt may postpone PG medical entrance UPPGMEE

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UP Govt may postpone UPPGMEE 2013 exam
The Uttar Pradesh government may postpone the Postgraduate medical entrance exam (UPPGMEE 2013) for three weeks considering the agreement reached between the striking medical students and district administration.

District magistrate Anurag Yadav, who was negotiating with the striking students, has forwarded the proposal to the state government, principal secretary, JP Sharma said the government may take a decision on March 28.

King George Medical University, conducts UP Postgraduate Medical Entrance Examination (UPPGMEE 2013) for admissions to MD, MS, MDS and PG Diploma seats in State Medical Colleges & Institutes, which is scheduled to be held on March 31, 2013.

Medical students in the state had been agitating for lat several days demanding for cancellation of UPPGMEE. They wanted NEET PG scores to be considered for the medical courses by the state government. NEET PG was held in December 2012 and was later caught in a legal dispute, pending in the apex court and may be decided over the next three weeks.

After being taken into custody by the district administration, the striking medical students were detained at the Lucknow reserve police lines.

In the three hours long meeting, a consensus was achieved when the issues by the students were sorted in point wise.

At the end of the meeting, the following point take in to consideration.

UP is not in favor of NEET:
Students claimed that the UP Govt had agreed to admit students on the basis of NEET scores. "We were first to oppose NEET but though we would give a chance so that the students could be safegaurded. Later, when the confusion over the issue appeared to be far from a conclusion and the apex court directed state to go ahead with state entrance exams, we notified about it, said JP Sharma. He clarified that going with NEET would mean losing a significant seats because they were not recognized.

UP not alone to hold PGMEE:
UP is not the state to be holding the PG medical entrance exam. According to the sources medical education department informed that Andhra Pradesh, Karmataka, Tamil Nadu and CMC vellore have already organized their entrance exam. In some other states notifications have been issued. Only state of Punjab, Kerala and Air Forces Medical College Pune, Manipur and Goa have decided to go ahead with NEET only.

Disagreement over NEET pattern:
The officials in UP believe that the parameter would give a chance for manipulation. They also stated that during NEET was observed that many questions given to the students were repeated. The officials also said that repetition of questions could not be avoided as the syllabus of a subject is fixed, therefore, there is a limit to how many questions one can cull out of the content.

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