Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

DIS­TANCE GRADS BARRED FROM MED­I­CAL EXAM

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The MCI has barred stu­dents who have com­pleted Class 12 ex­am­i­na­tion through open and dis­tance mode from tak­ing the com­mon med­i­cal en­trance ex­am­i­na­tion. The move is likely to im­pact thou­sands of stu­dents.

NEW DELHI: The Med­i­cal Coun­cil of In­dia (MCI) has barred stu­dents who have com­pleted class 12 ex­am­i­na­tion through open and dis­tance mode from at­tend­ing com­mon med­i­cal en­trance ex­am­i­na­tion (NEET).

The Na­tional In­sti­tute of Open School­ing (NIOS) un­der the hu­man re­source devel­op­ment (HRD) min­istry said the de­ci­sion will de­prive thou­sands of stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to pur­sue med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial, HRD min­is­ter Prakash Javadekar and Union health min­is­ter JP Nadda will hold a meet­ing on Wed­nes­day to take a call on the is­sue.

More than 2 lakh stu­dents reg­is­ter ev­ery year with NIOS and close to 3,000 had reg­is­tered for NEET exam in 2017, the of­fi­cial said.

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