Bengaluru: Free coaching classes will be conducted for I and II PU students in colleges in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region, to help them prepare for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).
Addressing the media in Bengaluru on Tuesday, Medical, Education Minister Sharan Prakash Patil said the pilot project will be launched by the Medical Education department shortly, once the logistics are finalised.
He said that coaching classes will be held for both government and private college students in the region. He said students in rural areas, especially in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region, had expressed apprehension over clearing NEET, given the sudden change in the examination format.
Patil said that the department had initiated a tender process to zero in on a bidder who can supply the learning material. “We are however not sure whether the students should be trained directly, or whether the teachers should be trained. The department is still working out these modalities,” he said, adding that as chairman of the Hyderabad-Karnataka Region Development Board, he felt the pilot should be launched in the region. Patil also said that 150 students, who had entered the Indian Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy (ISMH) and dental counselling, had been selected for the courses, and as a result of which, their engineering seats had been cancelled.
Every year, this problem arises, with students appearing for the last round of counselling, despite having bagged an engineering seat. “Though there are clear instructions in the brochure, appealing to students not to appear for ISMH or dental counselling, they continue to do so. As the demand for these courses is not high, they get the seats here. Once that happens, their engineering seats get automatically cancelled. However, later they insist that they want the engineering seats,” he said.
The minister said that he had asked the technical team to look into this problem, and suggest remedies for the same.
Patil also said that the Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health hospital, which has been upgraded from 240 to 440 beds, will be inaugurated on Children’s Day, November 14.