NEET to be held for super specialty courses too
ONE EXAM The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) will now be a common screening test for undergraduate, postgraduate and higher level courses
After introducing common entrance tests for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses, the health ministry announced last week that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) will be held every year for super specialty courses in medicine. The first-ever NEET-SS (super specialty) will be held on June 10, 2017 and will be conducted by the National Board of Examinations (NBE), which also holds NEET (PG) postgraduate.
NEET-SS (super specialty) will be a single window entrance examination for entry to super specialty doctorate of medicine (DM); master of surgery (MCh) and post doctoral certificate (PDCC) courses.
No other entrance examination, either at state or university or institutional level conducted by any university, medical colleges or other institutions will be valid according to provisions of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, amendments, with effect from the 2017 admission session.
The amendments were undertaken earlier this year by an ordinance ratified by Parliament.
According to Dr Bipin Batra, executive director, National Board of Examinations (NBE), all states and colleges have to mandatorily participate in NEET-SS.
No state government, private medical college or university is permitted to conduct any separate entrance exam for admission to their DM, MCh courses for the academic session 2017-2018.
“However, AIIMS, New Delhi, PGIMER, Chandigarh, JIPMER, P u d u c h e r r y, N I M H A N S , Bengaluru, and Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technolo g y, Trivandrum are not covered for admissions to DM, MCh seats through NEET-SS for 2017 session,” informs Dr Batra.
Elaborating on the exam pat- tern, number of papers, maximum marks, sections, and cut-off, Dr Batra says NEET-SS will be conducted in all specialties for which the corresponding MD, MS degree is eligible as entry-level qualification for pursuing super specialty courses in the country.
A candidate can appear for the NEET-SS in the discipline of the eligible entry level qualification.
The exam will be conducted on a computer-based test platform for a test lasting two-and-a-half hours. The question paper will consist of 200 multiple choice questions with single correct response and 25% negative mark- ing.ing. The 50th percentile will be thete cut-cuutoff for NEET-SS. All specialties will haveh separate question papers.p NEET-SS scores willw be valid for admission to all medical institutes – private and state level institutions a and medical colleges ex exceptx for the five central statutorysta institutes. a So how will NEET-SS differffdif from other entrance tests s for super specialties? “NEETNEET-TSS will offer every candidatedidate an equitable national-level platform to be eligible for entry into all ssuper specialty courses to which he/she is eligible for in terms of the eligibility criteria notified in the PG regulations. IThe cancandidate has a complete spectrum of courses available based on their entry level MD,MS or DNB qualification for entry to DM, MCh courses,” says Dr Batra. After the introduction of amendment t o t he I ndian Medical Council Act, 1956 in 2016, wherein NEET has been granted statutory status no other institution is permitted to conduct their own examination for entry to super specialty courses. Merit positions will be determined on test-takers’ percentile grades. Counselling will be conducted by authorised state government and other departments and universities. There’s good news from the University Grants Commission (UGC) for colleges affiliated to universities seeking autonomy. In a recent development, UGC gave varsities just three months to take a call on the status of autonomy of their colleges .
UGC has incorporated a new clause in the XII Plan Guidelines f or Autonomous Colle ges. Universities will also have to formulate a transparent policy to deal with proposals submitted by its affiliated colleges for autonomy.
In case the proposal is rejected by the university, the decision shall be communicated to the college through a ‘speaking order.’
“If the university fails to take any decision on the proposal within three months from the receipt of the proposal, it will be presumed that the university has no objection to the submission of the proposal by the college to the UGC for autonomous status,” state the revised guidelines.
The criteria for identifying institutions for grant of autonomy includes academic reputation and previous performance in university examinations and its academic, cocurricular,extension activities. Academic achievements of the faculty and quality and merit in the selection of students and teachers are also taken into account.
Unaided and aided colleges need a minimum of 10 years of existence and accreditation by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. Every person has that inescapable turning point in life that transforms his life completely – his outlook, philosophies andchoices. I experienced mine at the age of 11, when both my natural cameras diffused forever, and I could see no more. In actuality, I was diagnosed with RD (Retinal Detachment) at the tender age of 5, due to which my retinas were identified as inherently weak and prone to detachment. Over the course of the next six years, I grappled with diminishing eyesight, struggles in school, and eight eye operations. These cliffhangers culminated in complete blindness.
More than me, it was my parents who were distraught and shattered by the finality of my visual impairment, but they regained hope and tenacity equally fast. With the support of my unconditionally encouraging parents, my instrumental friends, teachers and school staff at Gopi Birla Memorial School, Mumbai, and most importantly my rehabilitation trainers at the XRCVC (Xavier’s Resource Centre for theVisually Challenged), ages have gone by since those supposedly catastrophic events took place. I am in the 9th grade now, that too in the same mainstream school, studying with my same sighted peers the same school subjects and syllabus.
I take notes in class, read my textbooks, and work on other assignments and activities all independently on my com- puter, which I bring to school daily. Equipped with a screen reading software called NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access), my laptop reads out all on-screen content in synthetic speech and takes in my inputs through various keyboard combinations and shortcuts I issue. I appear for school examinations like English, science and social studies digitally as well, and utilise a scribe for Hindi and Maths (due to inaccessibility of the question paper’s soft copy). Having participated and even won at several prestigious events, including the World Robotics Olympiad, TCS ITWiz, Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities, Indian Inter national Model United Nations Championship conference, I obtain that assurance of the irrelevance of my visual disability to my capabilities and competency.
In my view, integrating children with special needs in an inclusive environment not only involves providing flexible education through assistive aids, but also necessitates the immediate immaterial surroundings to have a broader horizon, to accept the limitlessness of possibilities, to have an open mind, and perceive disability and diversity with appreciation. It is empathy and backing differently-abled children must be rendered with, and not sympathy or pity, in order for them to excel and thrive on a level-playing field.