National Board of Examinations (NBE) will be carrying out National Eligibility cum Entrance Test centre (NEET) to select students for various PG courses for the coming academic session. It would be held from 5th to 13th December. While centres for the same have been set up in different parts of the country, it has been heard that there would be no NEET centre in Kashmir. The news about no National Eligibility cum Entrance Test centre in Kashmir for postgraduate (PG) medical courses has created a stir among the medical aspirants.
Dr. Nisar ul Hassan, President, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) said that this decision would put the future of numerous aspiring doctors at stake. “While 86 centres in 41 cities across the country have been set up, Kashmir has been left out. We were surprised with the decision of not providing a centre in Kashmir. This would mean that doctors who were hoping to pursue PG courses would not be able to do so,” stated Dr Hassan. NEET has become mandatory for seeking admission in all the medical courses and this news has shattered the dreams of several aspiring doctors in Kashmir.
It is that time of the year when the road and air connectivity of the valley is cut off because of severe cold weather and if the doctors are asked to go out to write the exam then the people here will be deprived of medical services. “Calling huge number of doctors outside for the test would collapse the healthcare delivery system. This would disrupt the functioning of hospitals and affect patient care”, added Dr. Hassan.
“We conveyed our apprehensions to National Board of Examinations (NBE) that our doctors will not be able to appear in the test unless the centre is provided in Kashmir, but to our utter dismay they were indifferent. We had appealed State government to intervene and prevail upon the concerned authorities to establish a centre here, but no efforts have been made in this regard”, he stated further.