West Bengal scraps WBJEE to participate in NEET-UG 2013

The West Bengal will scrap it’s state level Medical CET and participate in NEET-UG 2013, which is to be conducted by CBSE on 05 May 2013. CBSE has agreed to add Bengali as a medium of instruction besides English & Hindi, as reported by Times of India. Last year WB JEE board strongly objected NEET-UG on the grounds of language & syllabus barrier. The Medical Council of India (MCI) last year announced that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) will have to be taken only in English or Hindi. However this year, MCI is ensuring & zeroing on the concerns by the State Governments.

The NEET-UG is a Medical Entrance exam for MBBS & BDS courses, students through NEET will have access to 15% medical seats at all India level and 85% seats in their respective states. MCI opinions that the medical CET reduces burden on students as they need to appear for 3 or less medical entrance exams. NEET-UG, JIPMER Medical entrance exams and AIIMS Medical Entrance exam are the prominent test an aspiring medical student will need to appear. The NEET-UG became controversial primarily due to varied syllabi across different state boards comparing to that that of NCERT prepared NEET-UG syllabus.

WB chief minister Mamata Banerjee is against the interests of NEET. She joins Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha & Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy to object NEET-UG.

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