BOPEE playing with the careers of MBBS and BDS aspirants

Jammu and Kashmir News

JAMMU, May 14:  As per the judgement given by the Supreme Court on National Entrance Eligibility Test (NEET), the J&K Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) is allegedly allowing confusion over the participation of MBBS and BDS aspirants in the scheduled JK Combined Entrance Test (CET) on May 14 and 15, 2016. The PCB (Physics Chemistry Bio-Science), which is one of the subject combinations for the entrance exam, but as per the fresh notification issued by the BOPEE the MBBS and BDS aspirants are utterly confused whether to appear in the scheduled entrance test or not.

According to the notification No.26 of 2016 by BOPEE (dated: 11-05-2016), the board has asked the aspirants to appear in the examination in accordance with their respective subject combinations (PCM, PCB and PCBM). This has created confusion for the candidates who kept approaching the BOPEE office, seeking clarification over the same until late last evening.

While the BOPEE is allegedly not making any clarification in this regard, a fresh scroll appeared on the board’s website, stating that `Any candidate appearing in the JKCET is not debarred from appearing in any other entrance test. He/She is free to so appear’, has further heightened the confusion.

As per the scroll, students with subject combinations of PCB are eligible to appear in both JKCET and NEET whereas BOPEE has actually no authority to conduct entrance test for medical stream as per the notification given by the Supreme Court.

A number of students alleged that the BOPEE officials were not clarifying the situation, instead they asked them to visit the official website that in turn baffled them. Candidates are not sure whether or not they should appear in the exam.

When contacted, the Chairman of BOPEE, G H Tantray,  admitted that the MBBS and BDS aspirants were little bit confused over the subject combination of PCB for the scheduled JKCET on Saturday and Sunday. He added that there are BUMS, BAMS, Physiotherapy and likewise eight other professional courses for which CET is being conducted by BOPEE with PCB and PCBM subject combinations. He further said that the scroll was being displayed on the website to make it clear that the candidates are free to appear in any entrance test besides CET.

Even the Hurriyat Chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, has expressed unhappiness over Supreme Court’s order on NEET. He has laid forward his critical views on the Government’s proposition to ignore the special status of J&K.

Pertinent to mention that 30.400 candidates have applied for CET, which is going to be held on Saturday and Sunday, for which 27 examination centres have been established in Jammu and 34 in Srinagar.

As per the Supreme Court order, it refused to modify its 28th April order according to which admissions for the MBBS and BDS can be made only through NEET. The top Court had approved the schedule put before it by the Centre, CBSE and Medical Council of India (MCI) for treating All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) fixed for May 1 as NEET-1. And all those who have not applied for AIPMT will be given opportunity to appear in NEET-II on July 24. The combined result would be declared on August 17 so that the admission process can be completed by September 30.

Around 6.5 lakh students took up the NEET-I test held on May 1.

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