Published On 18/01/2018
The Medical Council of India (MCI) has confirmed that the students who completed/ passed Class 12 through open or distance mode is not eligible to appear for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) under the human resource development (HRD) ministry said the decision will deprive thousands of students the opportunity to pursue medical education.
According to an official, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar and Union health minister JP Nadda will hold a meeting on Wednesday, 17th Jan 2018 to take a call on the issue.
More than 2 lakh students register every year with NIOS and close to 3,000 had registered for NEET exam in 2017, the official said. “Across India, the number would be higher. Out of 3,000 NIOS students, 864 qualified the test too. So it is unfair to bar them,” said a senior official.
Responding to NIOS, MCI stated that the students who complete Class 12 in open or distance mode would not be on par with those of regular students. Therefore, these students will be ineligible to take NEET exam on an equitable basis.
NIOS officials claimed that in the past, MCI board of governors had said if the required criteria of graduate medical education regulation are fulfilled by students appearing in 10+2 exams by the NIOS, they would be eligible for MBBS admission. “It was proposed by the MCI,” said a health ministry official.
NIOS officials said their syllabus was more rigorous and students are examined on the syllabus for class XI and XII, whereas other boards examine learners just on class XII syllabus.
An official of MCI pointed that regular students would have practical training and lessons in Class 12, whereas open mode learners lack practical lessons and training.