Government on Friday approved promulgation of an ordinance to keep state boards out of the ambit of uniform medical entrance examination , NEET, for one academic year.
The executive order is aimed at “partially” overturning the Supreme Court verdict which said all government colleges, deemed universities and private medical colleges would be covered under NEET.
This comes after many state governments had shown their opposition to the Supreme court’s order that made National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) as the sole entry point to the medical education across the country. Throughout the week, there were a series of meetings between the union health minister, Shri JP Nadda and ministers from the state on the NEET route.
The central government was found stating that the manner of examination was essentially in the executive domain. While principally, all parties concerned showed their favor towards the NEET examination, there were oppositions for its last minute implementation from this year as it would lead the students confused and would impact their performance.
The next phase of the exam is scheduled for July 24. Nearly 6.5 lakh students have already sat for the first phase of NEET held on May 1.
The states flagged various issues in the health ministers conference recently, including problems related to language and syllabus for students. They said the students affiliated to state boards will find it tough to appear for the uniform test as early as July.
Health minister J P Nadda is likely to meet President Pranab Mukherjee to explain him about the need for the ordinance.
With the ordinance being passed, the government has effectively bypassed the implementation of the exam this year. As a result State governments will now be able to hold their separate exams. It is still not clear whether private colleges will be allowed to hold their separate examinations or not.