Students in Gujarat preparing for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) examination scheduled to be held in May 2017 are euphoric over the decision that allows them to take the examination in Gujarati medium. Central Government had recently approved Gujarat Government's plea to conduct NEET in vernacular Gujarati following the concerns of many students and parents.
Sushil Naik, a teacher at a private coaching institute said that reference books for the exams are only in the English language. After the decision, publishers have started publishing reference books in the Gujarati language. This is very important for students intending to prepare for the exam in vernacular medium and it will enhance their confidence level.
A NEET aspirant from Ahmedabad said that their teachers had prepared them in such a way that they could attempt the medical entrance examination NEET in English too. But taking a national level entrance examination in students' mother tongue provides them more confidence as well as motivation to perform well and secure seats at medical colleges for MBBS and BDS courses.
On the other hand, Sunil Kumar, a teacher of Physics said that there was no clarity about this issue earlier. Hence the students were preparing for the exam in English medium only. However, now they are relieved.
Several parents welcomed the decision to hold the examination in the native mother tongue. Nitish Gandhi, a parent said that although verbal guarantee has been provided but they are yet to receive a written circular about it.
A section of the people argued that students shall study medicine in an English medium. They couldn't project the practical use of the exam being conducted in the native language. A principal of a school while refuting it said many top doctors in Gujarat had studied in Gujarati medium schools and had excelled in studies at the college level. Language can never be the barrier for students.