No NEET centre in Kashmir, aspirants left in lurch: DAK

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SRINAGAR: With no National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) centre in Kashmir for postgraduate (PG) medical cours­es, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today said that this deci­sion has left aspirants in the lurch.

President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said that lack of NEET centre for MD/MS/PG Diploma courses would jeopardize the future of thousands of aspiring doctors.

National Board of Examina­tions (NBE) will be conduct­ing NEET for admission to various PG courses for the academic session 2017 from December 5 to 13.

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.

As NEET has become manda­tory for all medical courses, anxi­ety has gripped aspirants as they will not be able to write the test.

It is a dream for every doc­tor to become a specialist, but the aspirations of doctors in Kashmir have been shattered.

As a result of this, people of the valley will be deprived of the services of specialist doctors.

At a time when road and air connectivity is cut off due to harsh winter, candidates are asked to go outside valley for the examination.

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. We conveyed our apprehensions to 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.


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