The new year promises to be a rough one for aspirants of various professional courses in the state as decision-making bodies in the state and at the Centre have several plans to change the existing formats for various admission criteria and exams.
Mirror takes a look at all the changes that are set to take place or are already underway.
New test for MBBS graduates
The Centre has proposed a new qualifying test called the National Exit Test (NEXT) for MBBS graduates, before they can formally practice using the ‘Dr’ tag. The test, if brought into effect, will replace the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for postgraduate medical admissions and recruitment for Central Health Services and the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination.
On the condition of anonymity, a parent said, “Students are going to suffer again as the government is making changes without getting the backend work done. A similar thing happened during the NEET drama.”
New admission criteria for engg
Students seeking admissions via the 15% all-India quota seats to Maharashtra’s engineering colleges won’t have to appear for the state’s Common Entrance Test (CET). Candidates who have appeared for the national-level JEE (Main) will get preference over CET students, unlike in the previous years.
The centre is also planning to introduce a common exam (JEE) for admissions to all colleges – both private and government-run. According to Subhash Joshi, a trustee of the Science Parivar, students have been left confused after the government’s sudden decisions. “When NEET was introduced, students suffered due to poor planning and coordination between the different government bodies. If JEE is to be implemented as a common exam, students should get at least two years to prepare for the new exam,” Joshi said.
Don’t need Std XII marks for Arch
The Council of Architecture (CoA) has introduced fresh guidelines for admissions to undergraduate courses across the state.
Firstly, the National Aptitude test in Architecture website said that Std XII results were unnecessary under the new admission criteria. Earlier, Std XII results were given 50% weightage.
However, Dayanand Meshram of the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), has said, “Till last year, we were admitting students as per the 50-50 formula. If the CoA has prescribed any changes, we shall implement them only after the state notifies us about them.” S. B. Rege, Executive Director of Silica, a coaching institute for design courses said, “Institutes like NID and NIFT do not consider an individual’s HSC marks for admission.”
Also, NATA, which was earlier conducted across several dates, will now be conducted only once – on April 16. The announcement, which came in December, gives aspirants less than the mandatory five months it used to give them to prepare during after they had selected their exam date.
Source : mumbaimirror
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