Hyderabad: The Supreme Court’s ruling on Neet evoked mixed reactions from students, parents and teachers. Though Neet was welcomed by all sections on the ground that it would save students from appearing for multiple entrance exams, the major complaint was about the timing of the exam. They pointed out that conducting Neet in two phases, on May 1 and July 24, was flawed as students would hardly get any time to prepare for the new test in the new format with the new syllabus. “Converting AIPMT to be held in two days into first phase of Neet itself is disturbing for students. This decision should have been taken at least six month earlier. A fresh date should be announced and the exam held for all on a single day in July or August instead of on two days so that children are better prepared mentally for the same. Students appearing in the second phase will have an unfair advantage as they will get more time to study. Also, results can only be declared after the second phase. In these conditions, it would be better if all are allowed to appear for the exam on a single day in July,” said Mr P. Krishna Kumar, medical entrance expert in Narayana Group.
A parent, Mr M. Manik Reddy, whose daughter has applied for AP-Eamcet said, “What will be the future of students aspiring from state boards if they are forced to write Neet now? This will favour students from central syllabus like CBSE and ICSE, which cover the Neet syllabus, while state boards lag behind. This is not fair."
Mohd Shakeel, a student of Sri Gayatri Academy said, “Our problem is with the huge variation in syllabus. Let the Centre and state governments first agree on drafting a common syllabus for the entire country before conducting NEET. This will give a level-playing field for all.”
Lecturer and medical entrance trainer in Kakatiya Group of Institutions, Mr Anil Kumar said, “Students have been preparing for Eamcet for last two years. Suddenly, if they are asked to apply and appear for Neet within three months, how can they do it.”