NEET topper denied admission into an MBBS College
NEEt topper P Aswathy was denied admission into a top MMBS college over issues meandering in the area of fitness.
For P Aswathi, a Kerala student with cerebral paralysis denied admission to a medical college she was entitled to according to her rank in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Exam, this is a sweet victory (NEET). A medical board had found that she was unfit for the medical profession because the necessary mobility was missing in her right hand.
She fought back, and won.
The Kerala High Court has ordered the government to ensure that the 20-year-old is admitted to the medical college closest to her village in Malappuram district’s Karuvarakundu area, 350 km from state capital Thiruvananthapuram.
“I never thought I could cross this hurdle… My dream has come true,” Aswathi told Hindustan Times after enrolling at the Government Medical College in Manjeri, about 30 km away, on Tuesday. She also spoke about the many battles that she has had to fight growing up. The medical board’s recommendation was just one of them.” stated the NEET topper.
She lost her mother when she was just two-month-old and her father, a farm labourer, has been unwell for years.
Her uncle Suresh PK helped, encouraging her when she needed it most and supporting her all the way.
“A brilliant girl, she has an amazing grasping power. The entire village salutes her indomitable spirit and stood with her… There were many well wishers who came forward to help her,” said a social worker of the area C P Shaiju who helped her to move the High Court. He said people like him will go all out to make her a good doctor.”
“This was my second chance in the NEET. I really toiled to get good marks. But when the medical board said I was not fit, my world came upside down. But I thought I should not give up. Many people stood with me and prodded me to continue my fight. I dedicate my seat to them,” she said after becoming a doctor she would like to treat poor and differently-abled and wants to do research in permanent movement disorders among children.”
NEET Exam: An overview
The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Undergraduate) (or NEET (UG)), formerly the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT), is an all-India pre-medical entrance test for students who wish to pursue undergraduate medical (MBBS), dental (BDS) and equivalent AYUSH (BAMS, BUMS, BHMS, etc.) courses in Indian government and private institutions and also for those who wish to pursue primary medical quests in India.
The review is carried out by the National Testing Agency (NTA), which submits the findings for the allocation of seats to the Directorate General of Health Services under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the State Advisory Authorities. The All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) and several other pre-medical tests administered by states and separate medical colleges have been replaced by NEET-UG. It could not, however be held in 2014 and 2015 because of cases being brought against the test. NEET-UG is a single entrance exam for more than 66,000 MBBS and BDS seats throughout India for admissions.
NEET was initially proposed to take place from 2012 onwards. However, for many reasons, NEET was postponed by one year by the CBSE and Medical Council of India. The test was declared by the Government of India and was conducted for the first time across India on 5 May 2013 for students seeking admission to both undergraduate and postgraduate medicine. On 18 July 2013, SC ruled in favour of 115 petitions. Several states, including Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, strongly opposed the move following the announcement by the Medical Council of India that it would adopt the NEET-UG exam in 2012, claiming that there was a huge difference in the syllabus proposed by the MCI and their state syllabi.
NEET Exams during the pandemic
The JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) began on Tuesday and will continue until 6 September, while the NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test), another highly competitive exam, will take place on the 13th of the month.
Many students have been protesting against these tests for weeks, pointing to the rising Covid-19 case load in India – the country has reported 3.8 million cases so far, touching the highest daily totals in recent days in the world.
However the National Testing Agency (NTA), which carries out the tests, has declined to reschedule them. “the career of the students cannot be put on peril for long and a full academic year cannot be wasted”the students’ career should not be put at risk for long and can not be wasted for a full academic year. The BBC talked to five students who are taking these exams from across India.
The postponement of the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Examination (NEET) in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic has been debated and discussed a lot. The Ministry of Education, however, clarified that the competitive exams will take place as planned in September.
Meanwhile on Sunday, with over 4,000 students watching a day-long hunger strike to press for demand in view of rising COVID-19 cases, the chorus for postponing different tests, like NEET and JEE, grew louder. Politicians like Rahul Gandhi of Congress and Subramaniam Swamy of the Bhartiya Janata Party are now joining the cause, urging the government to delay the tests and listen to the plea of the students.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of West Bengal also called on the Centre to determine the danger and postpone the examinations until the situation becomes appropriate.
On Friday, in the wake of the latest coronavirus pandemic, Bhartiya Janata Party leader and Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy said he urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal to conduct entry examinations for NEET, JEE and other competitive examinations until after Diwali. “doesn’t bind the government at all, on whether to now or two weeks later or two months later, the examinations. It is a policy decision of the Government.”the government is not binding on the Supreme Court at all whether the examinations are now or two weeks later or two months later. It is a government policy decision. The NEET topper is among many who have been denied what that is rightfully theirs.