Parents of medical aspirants are planning to reach out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on mail as well on social media with their demands on streamlining MBBS admissions this year and also reconsidering the proposed National Exit Test (NEXT).

A common letter with signatures of aggrieved parents will be sent to the PM.

In a letter addressed to Modi the parents have said that the state and the centre need to have a transparent and hassle free mechanism in the admission process. “There is an urgent need to increase the number of seats and also have more number of medical colleges across the nation to cater to the growing need of quality health science professionals,“ stated the letter, which the parents are also planning to post on Modi's social media account.

Parents also said that the all the new policies and rules sho uld be made public well in advance. “The process should be streamlined, notifications should be released on time and there should be a common counselling for admissions to all seats in government, private and deemed colleges. The centre should fill majority of seats (85%) with students who have a valid domicile certificate. Seats which are vacant in the all India quota should be opened for students from the state, “said one parent, adding that admissions should be done purely on merit and no student should benefit from any kind of additional marks.

There is also a need to develop the existing infrastructure in all government colleges. The hostel facilities, infrastructural requirement and its maintenance has not been reviewed for last 25 years, claimed the parents. “Government hospitals often do not have hostels that are in liveable conditions. It needs to be brought at par with the facilities available in private and deemed colleges, “said one of them.

The parents also want the government to bring uniformity in the fees of private colleges to make it affordable for meritorious students, who are not able to afford studying in private colleges.

The parents also want the government to study the proposal of exit test again before implementing it. “There cannot be one exam that can serve as an entrance test for postgraduate admissions as well as for licensing purpose to get the `Dr' title. Both needs different kind of assessment, “read the letter.