The Medical Council of India has dashed the hopes of thousands of NIOS students to the ground by depriving them of the chance to apply for NEET UG 2018.
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for undergraduate (UG) classes in the field of medical sciences is one of the most coveted exams among science students in India. Around 1.2 million students write it every year to pursue MBBS or BDS careers. The score obtained in this single eligibility cum entrance test is acceptable in all the reputed government medical and dental colleges as well as deemed universities across India. NEET UG is to be conducted, as is expected, anytime in the first week of May 2018.
However, in an abrupt decision, Medical Council of India has run over the medical dreams of thousands of open school students when it stated that no NIOS student will be able to take NEET UG exam in 2018. As per the records available so far, around 2 lakh students register with NIOS every year and around 3000 plus applied for NEEG UG in 2017, whereas 864 candidates have cleared the exam as well. Therefore, it will not be an exaggeration to say that the decision came as a bolt from the blue to NIOS science students.
In its clarification, MCI stated that it cannot compare regular students to those who clear 12th from correspondence as they do not get practical lessons. Contrary to the statement, NIOS claims that it fulfils all the criteria MCI have set and therefore, there is every reason for NIOS students to apply for NEET UG 2018 exam. I do not know what made MCI take such a crucial decision in haste and destroy the dreams of those who are somehow finding it difficult to pursue their education from a regular school.
Well, now the fact remains that out of 3000 students, 864 have qualified NEET exam last year. This is enough to state that NIOS students are equally competent too. Now how MCI will justify its so-called ‘Level’ that it says puts the regular students above those who do it through correspondence. Also worth mentioning here is the fact that 864 is not a small number, mind you. You bet not all the regular students have cracked the NEET 2017 exam either. In such a case, it is nothing more than depriving the rightfully deserving candidates to achieve what they deserve and supposed to. There is a need on the part of MCI to reconsider its decision. We hope and pray for common sense to prevail soon.