State rules out cancelling UPPGMEE
Putting an end to the dilemma over Uttar Pradesh Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination (UPPGMEE), Principal Secretary Medical Education has on Monday clarified that the state will not cancel the examination.
Students aspiring for post graduation in medical sciences have been demanding cancellation of UPPGMEE for the last one month and admissions in postgraduate seats of the state medical colleges through National Entrance cum Eligibility Test (NEET).
A group of students demanding cancellation of UPPGMEE met Principal Secretary JP Sharma in this regard and were told that the examination will not be cancelled because it is being conducted as per the directions of the Supreme Court.
NEET was a nation-wide examination conducted in November-December 2012, for admissions in postgraduate seats of medical colleges across the country. However, the NEET results have been withheld by the Supreme Court, after some states moved the court against the examination. The matter is still pending in the court.
Talking to PG Times, Sharma said that the state government's decision to conduct both UPPGMEE as well as Uttar Pradesh Combined Pre Medical Test - UPCPMT (for admission at graduation level) is in accordance with the directions of the Supreme Court.
"The hearing (regarding NEET's fate) is still going on in the Supreme Court. The court has passed an interim order that states should continue with their respective examinations but should not declare the results till final decision on NEET is taken by the court," said Sharma.
The principal secretary maintained that whatever decision is taken by the apex court on the matter will be binding and followed by the state government. But if the SC cancels NEET for the current year, it will be difficult for the state to conduct the examinations at the last moment.
The students protesting against UPPGMEE had met Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav demanding cancellation of the examination on Friday and the CM had reportedly assured them that the government would look into the matter and take a final decision by Monday. The students are demanding that the state should fill up postgraduate seats of medical colleges as per the NEET results rather than conducting a separate examination at state level.
"We met the principal secretary as per the CM's instruction today. However, the principal secretary has said that the government will not cancel UPPGMEE because it is as per the Supreme Court's direction and state's policy," said Mohit Singh, an MBBS student at King George Medical College and one of the students who met Sharma today.
"We are trying to meet the Chief Minister again. We have got an appointment with the Science and Technology Minister Abhishek Mishra. If they do not cancel the examination, we will again sit on protest," added Singh.
Meanwhile, the last date of filling up the forms for UPPGMEE ended Monday. "Most of us have filled the forms," Singh added. The examination is slated to be conducted on March 31 while the UPCPMT is scheduled to be held in June. While former is being conducted by King George Medical University, Lucknow, latter is being conducted by Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj University, Kanpur.