New Delhi: After exposing the rot in medical education, CNN-IBN now turns its focus to the plight of medical students who are caught in the stand-off between private colleges and the government. With the Supreme Court decision on the single entrance exam National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) still pending, admissions are yet to happen, leaving the future of 90,000 students hanging.
The suspense is leading to anger and frustration among students. Dr Ravi Shankar, a PG aspirant, said, "What is the Supreme Court doing? I have been to the court and our matter never comes up for hearing. Summer vacations are about to start. What happens then?"
"I am one of the PG aspirants. I am jobless. I need an answer right now. The delay is creating mass agony," said another PG aspirant Dr Ankita. "We have 40 exams after MBBS. How can a person write 40 exams in two months? How can I go to Kashmir, Kerala, Karnataka and Gujarat. How can I write all the exams," questioned another aspirant, Dr Farooq Ahmed.
Upset with the delay in the admission process, medical students have been organising protest rallies and dharnas across the country demanding a single admission test. The medical education stand-off started with the MCI proposing a common entrance test for MBBS, Dental and PG Medical Courses. Opposing this, private medical and dental colleges moved the Supreme Court. Asking for time, the apex court ordered the MCI to conduct NEET and also allowed all states and private colleges to conduct their entrance exams but not declare results till the court's verdict is out.
The delay in the Supreme Court verdict is becoming a source of angst among aspiring medicos who feel the system is working hand in glove with private colleges. Will medical education get a new lease of life with NEET or will the circle of corruption continue?