NEET PG Saga in Jammu and Kashmir
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The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Undergraduate) or NEET (UG), formerly the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT), is an all India pre-medical entrance test for students who wish to pursue undergraduate medical (MBBS), dental (BDS) and AYUSH (BAMS, BUMS, BHMS, etc.) courses in government and private institutions in India and also, for those intending to pursue primary medical qualification abroad.NEET is regarded as very prestigious. The move by the Union Territory (UT) to pool MBBS and post-graduate seats in the all India quota from the current session is creating much uproar among civil and political circles in Jammu and Kashmir.
National Conference (NC) Members of Parliament Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Muhammad Akbar Lone and Hassnain Masoodi have backed the students.
“Such a measure will expose J&K students to a greater disadvantage as compared to their counterparts from other States because of being socially and educationally backward,” NC MPs said, in a joint statement.
They said the pooling of 15% of the UT’s MBBS seats in the all India quota and 50% seat sharing for PG medical courses after NEET “is of great concern”.On the other hand, The Medical aspirants from the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir will shortly have the long awaited opportunity in getting quota of MBBS/BDS seats from the All India Pool as the Lieutenant Governor’s Administration in J&K has now opted for the same.While as Apni Party President, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari has cautioned against “any move by the J&K UT government that can prove detrimental to rights of the Jammu and Kashmir medical postgraduate aspirants” who are scheduled to participate first time in the 50 per cent all India quota seats of all states.The ground reality call on all the related stakeholders to tread a path of logic , rationale and wisdom in this regard .The need of the hour is also that in a region like Jammu and Kashmir which has a very tough terrain and many hilly and quite mountainous areas under its belt we increas thus the Doctor Patient ratio to the impressive levels . Currently, the very poor Doctor Patient ratio in Jammu and Kashmir is a cause of concern . We are hopeful that health sector of Jammu and Kashmir becomes a top rated health sector of the country .