Over 500 medical students admission cancelled by MCI, asked to re-write NEET

A large number of medical students have been asked to leave the MBBS programme and attempt NEET again.

As the Medical education regulator Medical Council of India (MCI) recently cancelled the admission of 519 MBBS students enrolled in 17 colleges who have been attending classes from last three months, a state of devastation has rose among medical aspirants.

Here’s what the MCI notice read:

MCI has said that the colleges admitted students directly, violating a Supreme Court order of September 28, 2016, directing the state government to hold centralised counselling and allot colleges to students based on their performance in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

The whole issue of direct admission came to light when KK Aggarwal, president, Indian Medical Association, a body of medical practitioners filed an RTI seeking response of MCI.

Further, as reported in HT, KK Aggarwal said, “While scrutinising the admissions process, we found that 17 colleges in three states have given direct admission to 519 students in violation of the SC order.”

Meanwhile, reports suggest that, this is the first time when large numbers of students have been asked to leave the MBBS programme.

List of states that gave direct admissions:

  • Uttar Pradesh: 14 colleges (481 students)
  • Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu: One college each (38 students in total)

Meanwhile, miffed students who qualified the tough National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) entrance test to get into medical colleges are depressed and not willing to give exam again.

Views of students:

  • Qualifying NEET to get into another medical college next year is impossible as they have “no strength left to study for the exams again,” students said in recent HT report
  • Being annoyed with the decision of MCI, Pratibha, a student from Venkateshwara Institute of Medical Sciences, Gajraula, UP said, “I scored 252 in NEET but I took direct admission and didn’t appear for counselling. MCI has cancelled my admission. But in my college, many students who have come through counselling have scored less than 200.”

“MCI should initiate strict action against the colleges for playing with the careers of hundreds of students and maligning the medical profession,” KK Aggarwal adds.

Date: Mar 4, 2017

Source: IndiaToday