Kolkata: The long-standing demand of medical aspirants from Bengal to frame a more scientific and logical syllabus of the national medical entrance examination may soon be addressed, as the Prime Minister’s office has urged the Union Human Resources Development Ministry to consider the demand.The development has taken place after a group of doctors and some medical students jointly wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, mentioning the necessity of changing the existing syllabus of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), which the doctors viewed as ‘irrational’ and ‘unscientific’. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeNEET is the national level medical entrance examination conducted throughout the country for selecting medical students.The doctors also pointed out that the Centre must introduce a more scientific examination like the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in more advanced countries, where the candidates would be judged on the basis of the topics that are related to the undergraduate medical courses.MCAT is a medical entrance examination for prospective medical students in the United States, Australia and Canada. These countries emphasise on medical-related topics in Physics, Chemistry and Biology, said the doctors in their letter to the PM. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDr A K Maity, one of the members of the group that had sought the PM’s intervention in this regard, said that there is no need to read plant physiology, morphology, anatomy, plant reproduction, classification of plants in Botany.The medical aspirants should know general Biology, Genetics, Human Physiology, Human Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Applied Physiology etc.Due to the insufficient basic knowledge relating to the subjects that are required, the overall standard of the MBBS doctors are degrading gradually and this will have a long term effect on the healthcare system of our country, Dr Maity said.According to the doctors, the MCAT syllabus is logical as stress has been given on Human Physiology, Human Anatomy, General Biology, Medical Zoology and organic and inorganic Chemistry.
Kolkata: The butterfly garden inside the Eco Park has become enormously popular people particularly among the research scholars and students working in the field of biodiversity.The three-acre butterfly zone now has 300 to 400 butterflies belonging to 20 variety. The zone is closed at 5pm to allow the butterflies to sleep. The zone has become immensely popular among the research scholars, students and professional photographers who spent several hours to have a glimpse of the butterflies that often stay behind the leaves. The attractive colour of the butterflies is a spectacle to observe. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”We are really indebted to Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation ( HIDCO) for creating such a beautiful area where one can study biodiversity and spend the whole day. Many young people are pursing photography and several photography clubs have come up in and around Kolkata. The youngsters like to go for nature photography and the zone provides them with enormous opportunity,” said Anik Bose, a nature photographer. Jolly Banerjee, who teaches in a well known school in Kolkata, said students should be taken to the butterfly garden to develop their love for the plants and bio diversity. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”It is a pleasure to see the colourful butterflies and nature is the best teacher,” she said. The transformation of caterpillars to butterfly can be observed in a laboratory set up at the butterfly park. The visitors have been asked not to touch the leaves or destroy the plants or hit the butterfly with sticks. Eco Park has come up as the biggest urban park in Eastern India with over 400 acres of land surrounded by 112 acres of water body. There is rose garden, Japanese garden and zones where people can enjoy cycling and a joggers’ ally. The miniature seven wonders have attracted people from all over India. The USP of ECO Park is cleanliness and on special days like Christmas Day, New Year’s Day special arrangements are made to help the visitors many of whom come from far off places.