NEET to stay, state boards exempted this year: Govt

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

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

A day after Central government decided to promulgate ordinance on National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test, Health Minister Nadda clarified that government of India is fully committed to NEET.

“Govt is in process of taking decision in the spirit of collective view taken at all-Party Meeting and Health ministers meeting. Concerns of State Governments and lakhs of aspiring medical students regarding NEET being addressed,” he said.

“There were concerns by some state governments on three aspects – ongoing exams of state government, syllabus and regional language. We called an all party meeting to address this concern. Congress’s Jairam Ramesh who attended that meeting had said the state government’s concerns should be met and the state boards should be exempted for one year. Therefore the consultation is going on,” Nadda said.

With the government’s decision, students seeking entrance in government owned medical colleges for the present year will not have to worry about controversy surrounding the NEET exam. They can appear for the state specific medical entrance and take admission in state owned colleges.

Union cabinet on Friday decided to promulgate an ordinance keeping all state boards out of the ambit of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for one year. That means, once the ordinance is notified, students appearing for state board exams will not have to sit for the NEET which is scheduled on July 24.

“The Union Cabinet has approved the ordinance. It will be sent to the President for approval,” said

Indian Medical Association (IMA) welcomed the Centre’s decision to keep the state boards out of the ambit of common medical entrance exam, NEET, for one year but the Delhi unit of the doctor’s body “strongly opposed” the move saying, corruption prevails in state-run medical colleges.

“IMA supports the Centre’s ordinance to keep state boards out of the ambit of common medical entrance exams for one year on the ground that there is no inequality in terms of curriculum or language barrier for students appearing both for state and central exams,” Secretary General of IMA, Dr K K Aggarwal said.

The centres decision to bring out an ordinance came after several states objected to Supreme Court’s order which said all government colleges, deemed universities and private medical colleges would be covered under NEET.

“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,” an Official said.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal too opposed the government move. He wrote a letter to PM urging not to bring an ordinance.

“It would send the message that the government is with those who have black or untaxed money, ” said Kejriwal on Twitter.

SC had ordered to hold the exam in two phases of which the first phase was held on May 1.

States like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and J & K expressed concerns related to language and syllabus for students

The SC had on May 9 rejected pleas of states and minority institutions to allow them to hold separate entrance exams for MBBS and BDS courses for 2016-17, saying only NEET provides for conducting such test for admission to these courses.