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Concern over medical test

The Bengal JEE board chairman on Monday expressed concern over the government’s decision to scrap its medical entrance exam and accept the common national admission test without resolving the mismatch between the state’s plus-II syllabus and the national boards’ curricula.

At a meeting with education minister Bratya Basu, board chairman Bhaskar Gupta “highlighted” the problems students at schools affiliated to the Higher Secondary council would face because of the decision, a source said. “There should be no common entrance test in the absence of a common plus-II syllabus across the country,” the source quoted the JEE board chairman as saying.

“He pointed out that the state government had yet to start the process of rationalising the Higher Secondary syllabus to ensure parity with the national boards’ curricula. The syllabus for the common entrance test, being more inclined towards the CBSE, will inconvenience HS students.”

The meeting was held to discuss the changes the board had made to the syllabus of the engineering entrance test and draw up a mechanism for online counselling for MBBS courses in 2013.

The CBSE will conduct the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for MBBS courses across the country. The Medical Council of India had proposed the common admission test to spare students the hassle of writing multiple tests. The state gave its nod to the common test on October 10.

A board source said Gupta also stressed the fact that the syllabus mismatch had prompted Odisha to opt out of the national test and hold its own medical entrance next year.

Gupta refused to say what he had discussed with the minister. Basu could not be reached for his comment.

Board officials said the common core syllabus for the medical entrance test, to be conducted on May 12 next year, will include several chapters in physics, chemistry and biology that are either not taught to Higher Secondary students or just touched upon.

Injured: Thirty passengers were injured after a private bus rammed into a minibus near Bishnupur, on the southern fringes, on Monday.