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Madhya Pradesh likely to skip NEET
Kochi, Nov 13, 2012:  The much talked about National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2013 is likely to have yet another setback as Madhya Pradesh government is mulling over an idea of staying away from the said exam.  According to sources, the second largest state in the country is contemplating to hold an entrance on its own and is unlikely to participate in NEET. 

It was Medical Council of India (MCI) which mooted the idea of a single national level entrance test for medical programmes in the country.  However, several institutions and their apex bodies from various states had moved court against such a move by MCI.  But, the Apex Court stood by MCI and asked them to go ahead with its proposal. 

If Madhya Pradesh government goes ahead by streamlining its own entrance then the aspirants will have no other option but to simultaneously appear for both the state and national level entrance examinations.

The very purpose of implementing NEET was to ensure a unified examination system for all the students seeking a medical admission in the country.  Once streamlined, it would make the students comfortable as they will not have to appear for multiple entrance exams at various centres at around the same time.

Reportedly, apart from Madhya Pradesh, several other states such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha are also planning to skip NEET.  Despite all these, online examination of NEET-PG would be conducted by the National Board of Education from November 23 to December 6 at 33 cities in India. 

The hearing on a bunch of petitions against NEET-PG will be taking place on November 22 at the Apex Court.  Meanwhile, the students and parents who are looking towards the notification of NEET-UG  is disturbed over its unprecedented delay.

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