Tripura links up with all India joint entrance for medical admission
By Our Correspondent
Agartala, Nov 07, 2012 : Setting aside all speculations, Tripura government has at long last agreed to be part of the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) to be organised centrally for admission to all the medical colleges in the country. A final decision in this regard was taken in a meeting on medical education held in Delhi which was attended by Tripura health minister Tapan Chakraborty. While attending the meeting Chakraborty put on record his government's preparedness to be part of the examination and was assured that from the overall merit list that will be prepared after the examination Tripura's quota of 170 seats in two medical colleges will remain intact with appropriate reservation benefits for students belonging to scheduled tribes and scheduled castes. The remaining 30 seats in the Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC) and Tripura Medical College (TMC) will be earmarked for central pool for admission of students from outside the state upon recommendations from the union health ministry.
Briefing media persons on the issue health minister Tapan Chakraborty said that the meeting in Delhi had been held on November 1st and 2nd . 'We agreed to the arrangement as per which students of our states along with others will take MCQ-based exams on Physics, Chemistry and Biology for medical entrance ; for students who study in schools under the Tripura Board of Secondary Education (TBSE) the option will be there to write answers in Bengali though English and Hindi versions of questions will also be there' said Tapan . He said that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will be in charge of conducting the NEET examination which will come off on May 5 next year for three hours . There will be altogether 85 examination centres including two outside the country . 'In northeast there will be examination centres in Assam, Manipur and Tripura though students from other states can also come and appear for the exam in these three states ; we had asked for altogether three centres at Agartala, Udaipur and Dharmanagar but that was turned down and we are left with the lone Centre at Agartala' said Tapan.
He also referred to a decision arrived at by the CBSE authority whereby the examination will be taken on Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) sheet on the basis of multiple choice questions (MCQ) and answer-scripts will be evaluated by computer scanning . 'It has been decided that within twenty four hours the copy of the officially correct answer-sheet will be uploaded on the CBSE website and after evaluation all answer-sheets of students will be displayed in the website in the interest of the highest level of transparency' said Tapan. As regards eligibility, the authority have decided that students who will have attained the age of 17 by December 31 this year will be eligible for appearing at the test provided they are students of science with Biology as one of the subjects . 'There is also the stipulation of qualifying marks which will be 50 for students belonging to general and OBC categories and 40 for ST and SC categories which will be strictly followed' said Tapan. The examination fees will be Rs 1000 for general and OBC students and Rs 500 for SC and ST students.
Tripura government's decision to link up the state with the national level single joint entrance examination for admission to medical colleges has come as a big relief to students and guardians.