• Gujarat Common Entrance Test bypass looms for medical candidates in state
     August 25th, 2012     Kunal     Posted in Education In Gujarat, Gujarat in News

    After National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is made mandatory for admissions in medical and dental colleges all over India in 2013-14, will Gujarat Common Entrance Test (GujCET) be discarded by the state government?

    This decision will be taken only by the state government which has been given the responsibility of taking the final call on the basis of which admissions in paramedical courses will be granted. There are 4,500 paramedical seats in the state which include courses like physiotherapy, nursing, ayurveda, homeopathy and other technical courses like audiometry and optometry.

    Initially, the Gujarat government was averse to NEET since it was not being conducted in Gujarati. However, it was decided by the NEET advisory committee that NEET would now be administered in Gujarati, Bengali, Tamil and other regional languages as well. The only question left unanswered is on what basis will the admissions in paramedical courses be conducted. So far admissions in medical, dental and paramedical courses have been conducted on the basis of marks obtained in HSC (science) board exams and GujCET with the weightage of 60:40.

    “The state health department, which is also in charge of medical education and services, will soon take a final decision on whether to continue GujCET for the B group students who wish to take admission in paramedical courses,” said a state government official.

    Meanwhile, students in the state preparing for entrance into medical got a reason to rejoice as NEET exam will have Gujarati as a medium. State government had expressed concern particularly with regard to the syllabus for NEET for under graduate and medium of examination.Even as educators are still weighing the pros and cons, students are really happy about it. Khushboo Mathuria, a class XI student, feels that it is indeed a welcoming decision as for the students who had command over the subject, but were weak in Queen’s language. “However, this will not help in the long run as the entire course is in English only,” she said.

    Niharika Deshpande, a class XI student from Sakar School, and Aniket Patel, a class XI student from Divine Child National School, are of the view that the competition will increase manifold for students in the exam.