West Bengal Education Minister said, no response has been received yet from the Centre on conducting medical entrance exam.

Bratya Basu sought abolition of NEET and permission to hold state-level entrance examination for medical admissions.

KolkataWest Bengal Education Minister Bratya Basu on Saturday called for the scrapping of NEET and demanded that states should be allowed to conduct their own entrance exams for medical courses as was the case earlier. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a pre-counselling fair organised by the Association of Professional Academic Institutions, he said irregularities in NEET have put the future of 23 lakh students in uncertainty.

Basu said his government has written to the Centre in this regard but has not received any response yet. “Before the academic year 2016-17, the medical entrance exam was conducted in a transparent manner by the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination Board and there was no controversy over it,” he claimed. Basu alleged that the Centre’s attitude was against the federal structure of the country. “In a democracy you cannot ignore the opinion of state governments, you cannot disregard states which are run by non-BJP governments,” he said.

Basu said the Centre’s negligence over the UGC-NET exam has jeopardised the careers of lakhs of candidates seeking teaching jobs in higher educational institutions. About the pending students’ union elections in colleges, he said, “We are positive about it. The process will begin after Durga Puja.” Inaugurating the fair, Basu called upon students to pursue whatever course they wish to. “With the rise of digital media, the fourth industrial revolution has begun,” he said. “Now students can choose subjects in line with current trends,” he said.

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