Will the NEET fiasco end?

Medical aspirants continue to suffer due to administrative lapses and harsh implementation of stringent exam norms. Students share their views

Pallavi Bais, Final year, Sociology (H), Janki Devi Memorial College, Delhi University

Conducting national level competitive exams and ensuring their credibility is an immense responsibility that the State holds towards the students.Imprudent conduct of NEET 2018 has undoubtedly disappointed students. But students must be ready for such inadequacies in a competitive world. If such loopholes affect a student to a damaging extent, the “survival of the fittest” theory will lead the competition. All we can hope is that in the coming years, the exam will be more candidate-friendly.

Sailakshmi P.V., Applied Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering, College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram

Allotment of easily accessible exam centres to all candidates is a must. Reaching and finding accommodation and other facilities in a faraway city isn’t a cakewalk. This inadequacy created the worst situations for some candidates. Their miseries increased after arriving at the exam centres — from collars being pulled at, or students being made to write the exam barefoot, to receiving question paper in a language one doesn’t know, most candidates had to go through intense mental stress.

Pratibha Dhamecha, Graduate 2018, B.A.LL.B. (Integrated), Mewar Law Institute, Vasundhara, Ghaziabad

NEET needs more work to meet students’ expectations. One of the major drawbacks that need to be addressed is the glitch in the procedure of conducting this examination, countrywide. People are harassed in the name of security check and dress code. It is a matter of embarrassment that in a digital India, the board has launched manual security check. Future doctors suffer at the hands of administrators who cannot even facilitate reasonable conditions for hardworking students.

S. Shashank, V, B.A.LLB, Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchi

It is unfortunate that students are the collateral damage in the crossfire between the centre and the State. While State governments of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and others have been sensitive in trying to support travelling students in every way, efforts must be taken to ensure that the interests of students from rural and low-income background are not jeopardised. If the number of students writing NEET has increased, it is imperative that CBSE ensured adequate infrastructure.

SOURCE: The Hindu

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