New Delhi, May 11: Cutting across party lines, Lok Sabha members today demanded that common entrance test for medical admissions be conducted in regional languages, expressing their unhappiness over the Supreme Court order for a single test from this year itself.
Sharing the concern of members, government assured the House that it would try to convince the Supreme Court that more time is needed to switch over to the new system.
Last month, the apex court had asked the Centre and CBSE to conduct a single common entrance test for admission to MBBS and BDS courses through National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET).
The court had also rejected the pleas of the state governments, private institutions and minority institutions for allowing conduct of separate entrance tests.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, members urged the government to take necessary steps to address the issue and suggested that an ordinance could also be brought in this regard.
Responding to the pleas made by the members, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the government in principle is in favour of having common joint entrance test.
"We will convey to the court that children need more time... We will reiterate and try to convince the court," Naidu said, adding that some state governments have also approached the court in this regard.
It is a serious issue and the court should appreciate it, he added. According to him, there are two views about common entrance examination as some private institutions and state governments are conducting their own tests.
Some malpractices have also been alleged, he noted. Meanwhile, the Centre has approached the Supreme Court seeking permission to hold entrance examination for MBBS and BDS for the academic year 2016-17 in six regional languages.
Congress member Rajeev Satav urged the government to address the issue immediately either by bringing an ordinance or going back to the Supreme Court. He also took a swipe at the Centre, saying there might have been some shortcomings in the submissions made by it before the apex court.