UP post graduate medical entrance exam's fate hangs in balance

Days after a group of students met chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and requested him to cancel the state post graduate medical entrance exam (PGMEE), senior officials in the medical education department have said that there was little that the state government could do on the count.

Talking to reporters, director general medical education, Dr KK Gupta said, "The hearing in the case is still on in Supreme Court and it is only after the final decision of the court regarding the examination that we can say anything about the fate of UP PGMEE," he said adding that states will have to comply with the court's order.

He clarified that the state was holding the exam on court's direction. "As the hearing of the case is on, the apex court has asked the states to continue their preparations regarding post graduate admission. Accordingly, the state government had issued notification in February for conducting UPPGMEE in March. The court also directed states to put declaration of their state PGMEE on hold till the final decision is announced," he said. The next hearing of the case is slated for March 19.

The students stated that they had already taken the National entrance-cum-eligibility test for admission to state medical colleges in November and December 2012 the score of which was out. The purpose of UP PGMEE was also the same so there was no point in repeating the entire exercise. They also mentioned that had it not been for a pending litigation regarding NEET, there was no need for holding UP PGMEE. NEET came into picture after the medical education directorate of the ministry of health and family welfare decided to hold a common national entrance test for graduate and post graduate levels.

"We have given our consent to admit students in on post graduate seats in state medical colleges and institutions as per the merit of NEET way back in September," said an officer. They stated that it was better for students to take the exam. "By taking the exam, students will be benefitting either way. If the 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," they said.

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