NEET Ordinance got President Approval – Last year for State Run Medical and Dental Entrance Exam

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Medical Entrance Exam - NEET
Medical Entrance Exam - NEET

NEFT Ordinance has given Students of State boards a relief as they will not have to sit for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test on July 24,2016.

President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday signed the ordinance, cleared by the Union Cabinet on May 20, to “partially” overturn a Supreme Court verdict, which said all government colleges, deemed universities and private medical colleges would be covered under NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test).After raising queries, President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday signed the ordinance to keep state boards out of the common entrance test (NEET) for Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and dental courses for this year.

The studvents of State government boards will not have to sit for NEET on July 24, 2016. They, however, will have to become part of the uniform entrance exam from the next academic session.

The President had sought more information and clarification on few points from the Health Ministry over the decision to bring an ordinance.

Need for more information was conveyed to Health Minister J.P. Nadda, when he called on the President on Monday afternoon to brief him about the need for bringing the Executive Order before the latter leaves for China on Tuesday.

The President promulgated the ordinance this morning after Health Ministry officials returned with the file addressing all the queries raised by him, official sources said

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi was at the President’s Secretariat early this morning along with top Health Ministry officials to respond to clarifications sought by the President on the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

After the ordinance on Uttrakhand was overturned by the Supreme Court earlier this month, the President’s Secretariat was this time more cautious and raised pointed queries as it was virtually taking on the apex court’s order which had directed the Government to hold medical exams under NEET covering government and private colleges besides state boards

The APEX court had directed that a common entrance test– NEET–will be held across India for MBBS and dental courses.

But as many 15 state governments had objected to its implementation from this year, saying it will be too stressful for students as they had little time to prepare for the syllabus and also there were issue of language

They said the students affiliated to state boards will find it tough to appear for the uniform test as early as July and such students will be at a loss compared to those who have followed the central board.

After the Supreme Court turned down the plea, the Centre had decided to take the ordinance route

Different states earmark anything between 12-15 per cent seats in various private medical colleges for state quota so that students from one state can get seat in another state.

The next phase of the exam is scheduled for July 24

Nearly 6.5 lakh students have already taken the medical entrance test in the first phase of NEET held on May 1.

With the ordinance being promulgated, students of state government boards will not have to sit for NEET on July 24

.They, however, will have to become part of the uniform entrance exam from the next academic session

.The exam will be applicable for those applying for Central government and private medical colleges.

The Supreme Court earlier ruled that the students would have to appear for NEET starting this academic session for admissions into medical or dental colleges in the country.

Inputs from: PTINews.com