A city-based private NEET coaching centre, Namakkal, Madras faced protest from students and their parents. Subsequently, a complaint has been filed against the centre alleging them for cheating by providing poor facilities to the students.  The case was registered under IPC Sections 267, 406, 420, 506 (1).

According to inside sources, the NEET coaching centre which was run by M Udhayakumar (36 years) was operating inside the campus of a private college. This centre which was offering NEET crash course had accommodated about 300 MBBS aspirants. They had charged Rs 46,000 from each student. Allegedly they took Rs 20,000 as the advanced payment.

When the students were approached they had claimed to have received poor quality food and facilities in the institute. Further, they claimed there were about 20 students in the same room.  The dissatisfaction had grown to a high level and nearly 200 students dropped the course and returned to their home town.  The parents also came up with the same issue and eventually, Velagoundampatty police station filed a complained against the NEET coaching centre. Thereafter police started its investigation regarding the matter.

Earlier, Madras High Court had permitted to private matriculation schools to conduct summer break coaching for class XI and XII students who wish to sit for NEET exam.  A direction came from the justices N Kirubakaran and S S Sundar on Public Interest Litigation that Private Schools are no more allowed to take coaching classes during this summer breaks and if there is any violation noticed against this order, actions will be taken against them.

NEET Coaching Centres which was profiteering by collecting coaching fees have been stopped by an order issued by the director of matriculation. Students will no longer face any harassment or loss of money due to this path-breaking order.

With NEET UG 2019 right around the corner, it is time for you to not only boost up your preparations but also to stay motivated so that you achieve your medical career goals. As over 15 lakh candidates will be taking the national level medical entrance exam on May 5, you need to focus on specific topics now and revise smartly to maximise your score. Here are some quick NEET 2019 last minute suggestions that will help you study better and utilize your time in the final few days –

Revise All Concepts

Thoroughly revise your NCERT books and go through all the highlighted points. Invest adequate time during the final few days to revise the important concepts and formulae from all subjects. Take notes in a sheet and read it at regular intervals. This will help you save time, learn faster and improve your self-confidence.

Study All Important Topics

With only a few days left now, it is crucial that you know the most important topics and revise them the most to score the highest possible marks.

  • For Physics, the focus areas are Optics, Mechanics, Nuclear Physics and Thermodynamics.
  • For Chemistry, focus more on General Organic Chemistry, Chemical Bonding, Equilibrium, Mole Concept, Periodic Table, Coordination Chemistry, p, f block elements.
  • For Biology, devote ample time in revising Genetics, Ecology and Environment, Cell Biology, Basics of Biotechnology, Reproduction and Physiology of Plants and Animals, Morphology and Physiology.

Focus On Your Strengths

During your NEET 2019 preparation, there must be some topics that you will find easier to understand and have a strong command over them. So, make sure to revise those particular topics more often and make your strengths even stronger. Avoid concepts that you may find confusing or harder to grasp. This is perhaps one of the best the NEET 2019 last minute suggestions to score the highest marks.

Brush Up On Graphs & Diagrams

Another crucial last-minute tip for NEET UG 2019 is studying with extra focus on utilizing graphs and diagrams, especially when you are revising in the last few days before the medical entrance exam.  Diagrams & graphs will enable you to revise quicker, remember certain points clearly and save time as well.

Keep Yourself Motivated

It is common among some NEET aspirants to lose motivation to study and stay focused during the final few days of preparation. It has been a long and hard journey. But when you are this close to your dream, it becomes crucial that your stay focused and strong. Remind yourself of your dream and why you started in the first place. Note down what this means for you, your future and your family. Make sure to get rid of all doubts and negative thoughts and develop a positive mindset.

Be Confident During The Exam

It is only normal to feel nervous and anxious when going for NEET 2019. But you have worked hard enough and sacrificed a lot to back up now. So make sure to stay confident during the exam. Attempt all biology questions first, then answer chemistry sections and finally attempt physics questions. You must read the question paper properly before answering and deal with your strong areas first.
NEET is undoubtedly a difficult examination and you need to master your time management skills to accurately answer as many questions as you can within the set time limit. So stay calm, be confident and have patience while taking the exam. You will definitely crack NEET 2019 and grab a medical seat of your own.

Good luck!

The proposal of the Indian Government to introduce a BDS & MBBS bridge course for enabling dentists to practice modern medicine in rural areas to deal with a lack of training of doctors has been strictly opposed by the Indian Medical Association (IMA). The proposal was previously approved by the Prime Minister Office (PMO) in early April 2019 in order to improve the state medical education in the country.

However, the proposal was condemned by IMA National President Dr Santanu Sen. He said

“There is no shortage of doctors in the country. 63,250 MBBS graduates come out of 494 medical colleges of India. India has only 23,729 post graduate seats. The fact remains that the Government does not have the capacity to absorb rest of them.” He added “Every year the unemployment amongst young medical graduates is a cause for great concern. The frustration of these youngsters with a decent undergraduate degree in medicine has to be addressed.”

Honorary Secretary General of IMA, Dr R. V. Asokan also criticized the notion of mid-level practitioners as it is an underdeveloped idea to provide improper medical care to the people. He said “Every allied profession to medicine have a unique identity and serves a specific purpose. Dentists, Nurses, Optometrists and Pharmacists have a role and should contribute their services in the respective fields. To baptise them as mid-level medical practitioners through a six months bridge course is being indifferent to the needs of patient safety and patient care.”

The Indian Medical Association also believes that the implementation of the bridge course and mid-level practitioners might result in agitating the citizens and patients across the country.

Recently, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Governor, issued a letter about the allocation of sufficient NEET examination centres in Kashmir for aspirants in the region. The letter was addressed to Rina Ray, the Secretary Department of School Education and Literacy in MHRD.

As a result, the National Testing Agency (NTA) will probably allocate more NEET exam centres in the Valley so that candidates do not need to travel far or go to other states for taking the national level medical entrance exam. An official representative stated,

“The MHRD secretary has taken up the matter with Chairman NTA and requested him to consider allotment of more NEET exam centres for Valley aspirants in Kashmir.”

Issue For Aspirants

With only a few NEET examination centres allotted across J&K, many students requested the state administration and the MHRD to look in to the matter. The main reason for the opposition from students to travel outside was the undependable state of the Jammu-Srinagar highway. A NEET candidate said “

Travelling outside Kashmir to appear in exams proves cumbersome for us and it all gets messed up which distracts students’ minds during last days of preparations.”

Kewal Krishan Sharma, Advisor to Governor has also requested the MHRD for the allotment of higher number of centres in Kashmir for NEET aspirants. According to an official statement,

“The governor administration is very keen to get the demand of students fulfilled. We are hopeful that NTA will announce more exam centres in Kashmir.”

NTA To Be Informed

Currently, the NTA has allocated certain NEET examination centres in colleges across Srinagar that can accommodate almost 5736 candidates. An official representative said

“NEET exam will be conducted in offline mode and director colleges has sought formal approval from NTA to setup NEET exam centres in these institutions.” He added “Once the information will be shared with NTA more centres may be allotted to Kashmir for convenience of students.”

NEET 2019 entrance exam for MBBS/BDS saw a record registration of 15.19 lakh candidates as compared to 13.26 lakh for NEET last year. Invariably, two lakh more candidates are going to appear for the exam with a growth of 14.4% from the last year.

According to Government Officials, this sudden rise in number is owing to NEET becoming mandatory for those who want to pursue medical courses in foreign universities. Much to their surprise, the number of female candidates who have registered is 1.5 lakh which his more than male candidates. Similarly, the number of OBC candidates is about 1.42 lakh which is again more than unreserved category candidates.

Another factor behind the alarming rise in number is the Supreme Court order passed a day before the expiry of the deadline of online registration. The Apex Court had allowed medical aspirants above 25 years to appear for NEET 2019 and likewise, NTA extended the deadline till December 7, 2018. These candidates include about 5,444 i.e., 0.3% who applied for the exam. However, the court has specified that their admission to the medical college will be dependent on the final outcome of the case.

As per the state-wise data, Maharashtra has registered the highest number of test takers with about     2, 19,883 candidates. This is followed by UP, then Tamil Nadu and the third place is Rajasthan followed by Bihar. City-wise, Delhi is the top choice for exam centre with about 56,683 candidates appearing for the NEET 2019.

States

Number of Registration

Maharashtra

2,19,883

UP

1,57,669
Tamil Nadu

1,40,385

Rajasthan

99,711

Bihar

84,443

 

This will obviously raise the standards of the NEET 2019 exam. So study hard to compete with the growing number of applicants to secure a seat in the preferred medical college. The agenda for the D- Day should be to stay focussed and keep up your confidence.

 

With over 15 lakh candidates set to appear for NEET (UG) 2019 on 5th May, around 2 lakh more aspirants have applied this year as compared to 2018. Karnataka has also witnessed a phenomenal rise in applicants, especially in female aspirants. In the last few years, there has been a steady rise in female enrolments in NEET due to a number of factors. In 2019, it has been observed that there are 1.5 lakh more female candidates than male candidates. However, the exact reason for this is still not known.

Rise in female aspirants

According to the results of NEET 2018, more female candidates qualified the exam than their male counterparts as compared to JEE. Moreover, in the list of tor 25 NEET rankers, 3 toppers were females in NEET 2018 while 9 toppers in NEET 2017 were women. In 2015, Khusi Tiwari was ranked 2nd while in 2016 Arushi and Dyuti Shah were ranked 5th and 6th. While in NEET 2018, Kalpana Kumari became the topper with rank 1st and Ramneek Kaur Mahal was ranked 10th.

Less female surgeons

However, a recent study of medical graduates published in JAMA found that male medical students show more confidence in surgical fields whereas female graduates are intimidated by surgery. Pupils of Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Dublin, conducted the survey to analyze the views of female and male medical students towards a career in surgery.

It was found that female graduates well less motivated by compensation than their male counterparts in a surgical career. The findings of the survey put an increased focus on evaluating the factors that make medicine and surgery less attractive to women as a career choice.

NEET 2019 Instructions

With NEET (UG) 2019 around the corner, the NTA has issued certain instructions for the applicants –

  • All candidates must carry the NEET 2019 admit card and recognized ID proof to the examination centre.
  • All male and female candidates must wear light half sleeved clothes.
  • Candidates will not be allowed to wear clothes with any other layers of dresses or full sleeved clothes.
  • Candidates are not permitted to wear customary clothes like abaya, burka etc.
  • Candidate needs to inform the authorities before the exam if they need to wear customary dresses.
  • Candidate can only wear sandals or slippers with low heels inside the exam hall as shoes are not permitted inside.

The National Institution for Transforming India, also known as NITI Aayog, has recently proposed a Bridge Course that will reduce the gap between MBBS and BDS. With the successful completion of this bridge course, Dentists will be able to start practising family medicine as well.

The decision was taken based on the fact that the initial 3 years of dental courses in India have the same curriculum and training as MBBS courses. The proposal aims to enable Indian dentists to expand their scope and serve in the ‘primary health care’ sphere. A meeting on this topic was held on 9th April at the PMO by Niti Aayog, a policy think tank of the Indian Government. Currently, the proposal is being evaluated by the Union Health Ministry and the National Institution for Transforming India. The decision is an effort to create a larger number of mid-range medical practitioners in India. The primary goal is to address the severe lack of qualified doctors in the country, particularly in rural regions.

It is reported that the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Dental Council of India (DCI) have been considering the formation of a similar bridge course for some years now. The next meeting is scheduled to be held on 22nd April 2019 to discuss the issue further.

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) will be conducted on May 5 2019, containing 180MCQs in online modes.  Students appearing for the exam must be anxious to know the Do’s and Don’ts that are needed to be followed. With the very idea, of providing medical aspirants with the points that they will follow or prohibit on the day these tips are formulated or designed as follows:-

  1. In advance, you should prepare a study depending on the NEET syllabus. Even the toppers have suggested having a study schedule that needs to be followed stringently.
  1. Candidates should maintain discipline in achieving the goals. Otherwise, the mere planning of a study table won’t work. They must rigorously implement that has been planned.
  1. A breakdown of the entire syllabus as per the weightage and importance of chapters/topics. This prevents the growing burden on the student to prepare the syllabus at a go.
  1. For the effective study, candidates must follow certain programs on TV or YouTube that motivates them. They should indulge in activities and hobbies to refresh their minds. These have a positive impact on the studies.
  1. Revision and practice are absolutely mandatory when it comes to scoring good marks in NEET 2019. Solve last ten years question papers, appear in Mock Tests all this help to gather some idea on the question patterns. By this, you can avoid nervousness in the exam hall.

 

Some do’s on the exam day:

  1. The candidates must avoid the last minute rush in the reaching the exam hall. They must be well aware of the location of the Exam Centre before the Day.
  1. They must carry the following documents in the centre:
  • NTA NEET Admit Card
  • Passport Size Photograph
  • Valid ID Proof
  1. The candidates must reach half an hour before the exam centre to complete their verification procedure.
  1. They must always follow the exam day guidelines mentioned by NTA to avoid any form of obstacle.

 

Some do’s during the examination:

  1. Don’t get anxious rather stay calm and quite to focus on the question papers and maintain the prescribed time.
  1. Read all the instructions and questions carefully before you start attempting the answers.
  1. Do solve the easy questions before and then leave the tough one for later to attempt.
  1. If you have any doubt regarding information ad exam hall rules, get it cleared by the invigilator.

 

Now let’s focus on the Don’ts for NEET 2019:

  1. It’s good to keep yourself open for healthy discussions with your friends and competitors. Never compare your plan of action with the others, because each person’s preparation levels vary with the other.
  1. Don’t avoid sleep before the exam out of anxiety. Rather must take at least 7 hours of sleep a day before the NEET 2019 exam. The mental and physical health is affected by the amount of sleep you have in a day. I might be well prepared but feel exhausted if you slept adequately.
  1. Don’t procrastinate; if you have doubts must solve it at the earliest.
  1. Do not lose your confidence if you don’t score adequately in the Mock Tests. These are not always correct in determining the actual preparation level at times.

 

Don’ts a day before the exam:-

  1. Avoid studying fresh topics at the last minute to avoid tension.
  1. Don’t carry non-permissible items in the exam hall that might prevent you from appearing the exam.
  1. Don’t carry eatables inside the exam hall which are not permitted. Water is provided to the candidates at the exam hall.
  1. Avoid keeping barred items with you while entering the exam hall.

 

Don’t during the exam:

  1. Don’t rush yourself through the instruction provided at the exam hall.
  1. Don’t waste time in discussing with the fellow candidates mainly because it is not permitted.
  1. Don’t note down the questions it’s not permissible.
  1. Don’t leave the hall without the permission of the invigilators.

 

It’s an absolute imperative that you follow the do’s and don’ts while appearing the NEET exam. For the best results in NEET what is needed is to stay confident and the rest follows. Good luck to all the aspirants of NEET 2019 exam.

The Madras high court has recently stated that the Medical Council of India (MCI) needs to take a decision and make sure that all practicing doctors display how many attempts they took to clear exams in their clinics. This would ensure patients know what type of student their doctor was while studying medicine.
Justice S. Vaidyanathan said

“This will safeguard the interests of the patients. While there could be no doubt that this order of far-reaching consequences would help the patient community in making ‘informed choices’ while deciding on who they should consult for healthcare, it might raise the hackles among the medical fraternity.”

He added

“Some of the doctors have become commercial brokers having nexus with pharmacists.”

Initially Justice Vaidyanathan was focusing on a petition from S. Srisakthish, a 3rd year MBBS student from the Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences. The student requested the Pondicherry University to provide him a new mark sheet granting him ‘improved internal assessment’ marks which he got in Community Medicine paper in November 2017. The judge dismissed the petition as the student failed in 3 subjects in 3 separate attempts between 2016 and 2017.
The court stated “This court has come across number of attempts availed of by the students undergoing the medical course and the first respondent- MCI (Medical Council of India) will have to take a decision and ensure that the number of attempts made by the doctors will have to be displayed in the website and also in the concerned hospital/clinic, in order to enable the patients to know the performance of the doctor as a student in his career. This will safeguard the interest of the patients.”

The FMGE June 2019 registration process for the screening of Indian nationals with foreign medical qualifications has commenced. The registration procedure has begun from 15th April, 2019. FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduates Examination) is an entrance examination which is compulsory for Foreign Medical Graduates (FMGs) who plan to practice medicine in India.

Aspirants can register for FMGE June 2019 on the official NBE website. However, the last date for the FMGE 2019 registration is 6th May, 2019. The FMGE 2019 exam is scheduled to be conducted on 28th June 2019.

According to the National Board of Examinations (NBE), the screening test for the Foreign Medical Graduates Examination was started with the Screening Test Regulations 2002. The regulations state that

“An Indian citizen/Overseas citizen of India possessing a primary medical qualification awarded by any medical institution outside India who is desirous of getting provisional or permanent registration with Medical Council of India or any State Medical Council on or after 15.03.2002 shall have to qualify a screening test conducted by the prescribed authority for that purpose as per the provisions of section 13 of the Act.”

IMPORTANT DATES For FMGE June 2019

Fmge 2019 dates
Fmge 2019 dates

FMGE aspirants can register for the exam here.