Candidates from Kashmir who have qualified National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) have been left clueless by the authorities for their future course of action to get admissions in different institutions.
The results of these tests were declared on August 17 this year.
"As per the official website, we were asked to approach Directorate of Health Services Kashmir for counseling. The address of the office was also given as Directorate of Health Services Kashmir, Srinagar, Old Secretariat. The official phone numbers of DHSK was also given as 0194-2452052 and 0194-24527313 for contacts," said a group of candidates who have qualified NEET.
They added that as they approached DHSK for counseling, they were asked to approach Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) as DHSK have no directions or communication to conduct counseling of NEET qualifiers.
"We also approached BOPEE where officials said that they too have not received any directions or communication in this regard," they said.
A senior DHSK official confirmed that it is true central authorities have displayed DHSK address and contact numbers on their official website, designated as counseling centre, for NEET qualifier students of Kashmir.
"But the fact is we have no directions or communication in this regard. DHSK have no role in counseling. We tried to take up the matter with union authorities but no one was available," he said.
"In other states, it is Director Medical Education who is responsible for this counseling. However, in our state, we don't have any such post," he informed.
Fozia Mir, a NEET qualifier candidate, under roll number 82500402, said that she along with her other qualifiers have visited every relevant offices for counseling.
"Simply, we are now clueless. Every office is telling that they have no role in it. There are five mobile and two landline numbers given on official website by the union authorities for NEET aspirants. All these mobile, numbers are switched off while nobody responds on official landline numbers," she said.
Another group of NEET qualifiers said that some of the officials at DHSK and BOPEE have suggested them to go for online counseling.
"First, we don't have access to internet these days as it has been blocked by the state government. Secondly, some of us who had chance to somehow get access to internet service, found no link, option or information on official website of NEET for online counseling," they said.
Prof Farooq Ahmad, Examination Controller BOPEE told Greater Kashmir that they have not received any direction, information of communication for counseling of these candidates.
"Various candidates have visited BOPEE office in this regard. We would love to conduct their counseling if there is any such direction. Presently, we don't have any role in it as no such directions have been issued to us," he added.
NEET qualifiers are worried lot. "We are having sleepless nights these days. We fear the process of counseling will end we will be still trying to find out the clue as whom to approach for it," they said.
A group of parents said that state government must intervene in the matter and made things clear for the qualifier students.
NEET is a entrance examination in India, for students who wish to study any graduate medical course (MBBS), dental course (BDS) or postgraduate course (MD / MS) in government or private medical colleges in India.
For 15 per cent central quota seats in all state government medical colleges, 19, 325 students have qualified as per NEET scoreboard.
India has 52,000 MBBS seats in 412 colleges and 15 per cent of these (nearly 4,000) are set aside as central quota MBBS seats to be filled exclusively on NEET merit. Except Andhra, Jammu and Kashmir and Telangana which haven't surrendered any central quota seats, 15 per cent quota seats exists in all state government colleges.