New Delhi: Bringing relief to medical aspirants across the country, the government has recently announced that NEET 2017 shall be held many regional languages apart from English
The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Anupriya Patel in a written reply in the Lok Sabha on Friday stated that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 for admissions to medical colleges will be held different languages including English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu.
Her written statement to the Lok Sabha read:
“Section 10D of Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 prescribes conducting of a uniform entrance examination in Hindi and English and such other languages. Based on consultation with State Governments / UTs, the Central Government has decided that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 will be held in Hindi, English, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu. No criteria is fixed for rural students under the All India Quota seats. The State Governments decide for State Quota Seats at UG/PG level. NEET would not disturb reservation policy of the respective State Government.”
The move bring relief to many students across the country, who had been uptil now preparing for medical entrances in their regional languages, and were suddenly required to prepare for NEET 2017 in english.
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The move however, has drawn concerns from many authorities. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the exam conducting body for NEET 2017, on an earlier occasion expressed anxiety over the NEET question paper being set in six different languages, besides English and Hindi, as they feared leakage of the question paper.
The Medical Council of India had also expressed similar views saying that all the medical textbooks were in English, making the decision to translate it into six state languages, quite irrelevant.
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