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Students demand CET for admissions to PG courses in GMC, GDC

PANAJI: Around 350 students pursuing undergraduate courses in medicine and dental colleges of the state have demanded holding of Common Entrance Test (CET) for admissions to the postgraduate (PG) courses at the Goa Medical College (GMC) and Goa Dental College (GDC) to allow a level-playing field for all students. 

The students pursuing courses in GMC and GDC have by a letter written to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Heath Minister Laxmikant Parsekar demanded that the CET be conducted from the next academic year onwards and the present system of allotting admission on the basis of merit alone be done away with as it is ridden with favouritism. 

Stating that all over the world including in other states of the country, opportunities exist afresh each year for the students to improve their academic performance, the students have pointed out that such opportunities be given to them also so that they too could get chance to improve their performance if CET is held every year. 

The students have also pointed out various “anomalies” that exist under the present system for admission to postgraduate courses; like allowing students of the senior batches to apply for PG admissions. They have also pointed out that examiners are different each year and that there is a tendency among some examiners to set tough papers while others set easy ones leading to inequality.

They have also pointed out that there was an opportunity of bias in awarding high marks to favourite students which enables them to top the list in the merit alone criteria to PG courses and only a handful of students benefit. “If there can be a CET for UG courses, why not for the PG courses,” they pointed out.

They have stated that in case entrance examination, which would be a level-playing field, is held then all students would be able to answer it and the most deserving would get to the top of the merit list and get admission to the courses.

Also pointing out that the marks obtained by an individual under the present dispensation are final and lifelong, they have said that this means that there is no scope for improvement in merit in years ahead and the students who get less marks are doomed. They have demanded that the archaic system of selection for PG seats be done away with and replaced with entrance examination each year.

They have further pointed out that some students who topped the UG courses in the state medicine and dental colleges did not even get the qualifying marks in the NEET held last year for admissions to PG courses thereby implying that there was bias in their topping the list in the state university examination.

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