Students protest Gujarat University move to hold PG medical test on April 28

More than 200 doctors who completed their MBBS, congregated at theGujarat University (GU) and represented against the university's decision to conduct postgraduate medical entrance test on April 28.

The students said that they had already appeared for the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) which was held from November 23 to December 26.

"We had appeared for the NEET for PG admissions in colleges all over the country in November-December. The GU has recently declared that a state-level entrance will be held on April 28. We had given up studies after appearing in the NEET. One month will be too less a time to prepare for the entrance test which can make or break our career prospects", said a student. They also alleged that the GU wishes to take a local test so that children of influential parents can be obliged.

There are 450 PG medical seats in the state for which there is stiff competition not only within the state but also from out state students who compete aggressively to get admission in a PG course.

It needs mention that the GU had failed to represent their case to the Supreme Court when it had said that universities that wish to conduct their own PG entrance test should inform the apex court. A group of self-financed colleges have challenged the NEET in SC following which the court issued an interim order that the result of NEET for PG entrance should not be allowed till the final order is pronounced.

Pro Vice-Chancellor of GU Dr Mukul Shah said that the university will soon represent their case in the Supreme Court to conduct a PG entrance test. Meanwhile, he said that test is being held to safeguard the students' interests in case the SC turns down the mandatory implementation of NEET. "The test is not being conducted to favour anyone. We have asked the students to pay fee for the test till April 15," he said.

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