Medical students seek cancellation of UP post graduate medical entrance examination

Medical students demanding cancellation of the Uttar Pradesh Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination 2013 were left disappointed after the state government denied to fulfil their demand. The students were informed about this when they went to meet JP Sharma, principal secretary medical education on Monday. Talking to reporters, Sharma said, "We apprised the students about our limitation to intervene in the matter. There is nothing that we can do about it, as we are complying with the orders of the apex court."

The students were demanding cancellation of UPPGMEE on the ground that they had already taken the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). Since both had a similar aim, there was no point in taking the other. They termed it as wastage of efforts and resources and also met Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on the same.

NEET is the result of Medical Council of India's recommendation to hold a common entrance exam. Proposed in 1997, NEET became a reality in 2011. It landed into litigation because several state governments and private colleges opposed it on the ground that it was not student-friendly particularly for those who were not proficient in English.

Sharma said that UPPGMEE was being organised as per the directions of the court. "In an interim order passed in February, the court directed that states can hold the post graduate medical entrance exam if they wanted. But states cannot declare the result till a final decision regarding the case is announced. Soon after, we notified the exam and delegated the responsibility to King George's Medical University (KGMU)," he said.

Some students questioned UP's decision stating that it is the only state which is holding the exam. When asked to comment on this, Sharma said, "We cannot compare UP with other states. The scale of anything gets big here." Sources in the medical education department confirmed that UP was in favour of NEET. "State had given its consent to admit students through NEET way back in September," they said.

The officials also suggested that it was better for students to take the exam. "Students will be in win-win situation by taking the exam. If the apex court upheld NEET, states will have to admit students through the NEET score. But in case the court cancels it, UPPGMEE result will stand valid. By not holding UPPGMEE, they would lose out. Besides this, their session would be delayed, which would add to their burden of learning and performance," said a faculty member in KGMU.

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