The Government of India announcing setting up of two examination centres for medical graduates appearing in the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to post-graduate courses has come as a relief for thousands of aspirants who have to appear for these tests. But problem has not been solved fully as only 500 to 600 students can appear in the exam in Kashmir this year.
No such centre had been allotted to the Valley last year also when NEET was made a mandatory test. This year these centres were allotted only after candidates staged a protest and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s urged the Union Health Minister to come for the rescue of the Kashmiri aspirants.
However, officials are of the opinion that two centers are not enough as they can accommodate only 500 to 600 students. There are at least 2000 candidates in Kashmir. That means 1400 students would have to appear for these exams outside the Valley. This means the allotment of centres has not solved the problem entirely.
The officials are saying that seats in these centers would be allotted on first come, first serve basis. Instead of applying the first come, first serve basis formula authorities should give preference to female candidates as they are the worst sufferers.
Officials are claiming that next year Kashmir would have a full-fledged NEET centre and this year aspirants would have to bear with them. Under the given circumstances its not possible for the authorities to accommodate all the aspirants but they can at least choose whom to provide the space with.The test is scheduled to be held on January 7, 2018.