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NEET the exam has ended in flourishing expensive coaching centres that are beyond the reach of majority of students

Monday May 18, 2020 11:01 AM, ummid.com News Network

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NEET 2020: Stating that National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) is not student-friendly, Faizan Mustafa, Vice Chancellor of NALSAR University, also questioned its fairness and transparency.

Faizan Mustafa, who is also an expert of constitutional law, said far from promoting merit, the exam has just ended in flourishing expensive coaching centres that are beyond the reach of majority of students.

"NEET is an assault on the autonomy of universities and higher education institutions, particularly private, unaided ones", Faizan Mustafa wrote in an article published by The Hindu.

"It is ironical that while in all other areas including industrial relations, the government is talking about deregulation, in the case of education, over-centralisation is becoming a harsh and painful reality", he said.

"With NEET and similar other national tests such as the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), coaching institutes are prospering. Since most of them are in cities, poorer students from rural background and who have studied in the vernacular medium face disadvantage", he added.

Pointing at the large-scale variation in the syllabus and standards of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and state boards, Mustafa said, "We cannot overlook some of the advantages a student has if there are multiple tests. If he falls ill or has not done well in one test, he will still have a chance to qualify in another without losing a year."

"Second, it gives a student a right to select an institution of his choice. Third, the NEET paper was leaked twice in the last four years. Therefore, there is not much confidence in NEET’s fairness and transparency", he said.

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Under Graduate (NEET-UG), succeeded from All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT), is an entrance examination for students who wish to study undergraduate medical courses and dental courses in government or private medical colleges and dental colleges in India.

NEET is conducted by National Testing Agencey (NTA). This year NEET 2020 has been put on hold because of Coronavirus pendemic and is likely to be held in the month of July. The new date and revised schedule will be announced soon.

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