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

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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.

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