In view of the Supreme Court’s April 28 ruling on holding National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), the Assam government has decided to put in abeyance its scheduled Common Entrance Examination (CEE) for MBBS and BDS courses.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi stated, ‘The decision on holding NEET for admission into MBBS and BDS will deprive students of Assam and other Northeastern states as majority of them reside in rural and semi-urban areas and a different syllabus has been thrust upon them in the guise of NEET.’ ‘We fully understand the apprehensions of the students and their parents as the State government has decided to file a review petition before the Supreme Court,’ Gogoi added. Appealing to the students not to get bogged down by the recent developments, the Chief Minister called upon them to prepare full throttle for the NEET to be held on 24 July.
Criticizing the decision on holding NEET for admission into MBBS and BDS courses as harboring the potential of affecting the tenets of federal structure of the country, Gogoi remarked that if this trend continues, all other sectors where states have greater say will continue to be affected. ‘When judges of the High Courts are selected state wise, why has a bar been clamped on selecting students for MBBS and BDS courses state wise?’ Gogoi questioned.
Meanwhile, the State government has decided to open a Counseling Cell to guide aspiring students. The contact details of the Cell to be operational from the office of the Director of Medical Education will be notified soon.