NEET 2016: Ordinance To Be Cleared Soon
On May 24, 2016
|Trivandrum: The confusion for students over NEET and its implications
continue. The government had approved the NEET ordinance given by the
Centre deferring the implementation of the medical entrance test thus
putting on hold the exam for a year. Union Health Minister J P Nadda
said he was confident that President Pranab Mukherjee will sign the
ordinance. The union minister briefed Mukherjee on the ongoing
controversy over the decision to clear an ordinance to keep state boards
out of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) this year.
In April, the Supreme Court ruled out state-based entrance exams and said that NEET would be the only entrance exam to get admission into MBBS and BDS courses. Following the apex court’s decision, states urged the court to let them conduct their own exams, as NEET is based on CBSE syllabus and it will be difficult for students following state syllabus.
|Earlier Nadda, condemned the ‘politics’ being played over the NEET and
asserted that Centre was not against the examination. Mukherjee earlier
sought legal advice on the ordinance to keep state boards out of the
ambit of uniform medical entrance examination for this year. The
ordinance is aimed at overturning the Supreme Court’s verdict which said
that all government colleges, universities and medical colleges will
have to conduct NEET as a test for medical courses. More than 15 states
were opposed to NEET and had raised issues like different syllabus and
Many states have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking no order against SC ruling on NEET. Nearly 6.5 lakh students appeared for the first phase of NEET held on May 1. The next phase of the exam is scheduled for July 24. Once the ordinance is issued, students of state government boards will not have to appear for NEET on July 24.