Health Min meets President, clarifies NEET ordinance

RSTV Bureau
Union Ministers Venkaiah Naidu, Thaawar Chand Gehlot and J P Nadda after a Cabinet meeting on Central Medical Exam NEET.  Photo: PTI

Union Ministers Venkaiah Naidu, Thaawar Chand Gehlot and J P Nadda after a Cabinet meeting on Central Medical Exam NEET.
Photo: PTI

Health Minister JP Nadda met President Pranab Mukherjee to clarify the governments stand on the National Entrance cum Eligibility Test ordinance that exempted state boards for the present academic year.

President Pranab Mukherjee sought legal advice on the ordinance to keep state boards out of the ambit of uniform medical entrance examination, NEET, for this year.

Nadda who met the President in Rashtrapati Bhavan clarified that exemption is only for the state government seats and seats earmarked in the private medical colleges.

The NEET ordinance cleared by cabinet in Friday expects government run medical colleges in states from a national level common medical test. Government brought in the ordinance to relax these colleges from the Supreme Court verdict which said all government colleges, deemed universities and private medical colleges would be covered under NEET.

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 remaining seats in such colleges are reserved for domicile students, after the ordinance, the remaining seats will come under NEET.

tudents appearing for the Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET) at Osmania University center in Hyderabad. Photo: PTI

tudents appearing for the Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET) at Osmania University center in Hyderabad.
Photo: PTI

More than 15 states were opposed to NEET and had raised issues like different syllabus and languages during the recent state health ministers’ meeting.

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.

Once the ordinance is issued, 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 next academic session, government sources said.

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

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