All Private Medical Colleges to Come Under NEET: Nadda

Written by | May 24, 2016 | 0

New Delhi: Health Minister JP Nadda on Tuesday said all private medical colleges will come under the ambit of common medical exams, National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET).

This comes after an after an Ordinance to keep the state boards out of it for a year was signed by President Pranab Mukherjee.

Noting that the Ordinance has given a “firm and statutory” support to the common medical entrance test, he said the students in states will get an opportunity to appear this year (2016-17) for undergraduate exams.

“All private institutions and medical colleges will come under the ambit of NEET. The state governments will get an option to either conduct their own exam or go for NEET to fill UG seats. However, for PG courses, the exam will be held under NEET for 2017-18 session, in December this year,” he said.

“The states will have an option. Approximately five states have undertaken their test. 6.5 lakh candidates have appeared in various state exams. 6.25 lakh have appeared in NEET 1,” Nadda told reporters.

There were three objections against implementing NEET from 2016. They are – most of the aspirants had been preparing according to the old syllabus, many of them were from regional language boards and the time was too less to adapt to the new format.

The President had sought legal advice on the ordinance to keep state boards out of the ambit of uniform medical entrance examination, NEET, for 2016.

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