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NEET ordinance given firm statutory basis with states’ concerns addressed: Centre

President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday signed the ordinance, cleared by the Union Cabinet on May 20, to “partially” overturn a Supreme Court verdict, which said all government colleges, deemed universities and private medical colleges would be covered under NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test).

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Union Health Minister JP Nadda on Tuesday said that the presidential nod to the Centre’s Ordinance on uniform medical entrance examination (NEET) that keeps state boards out of its purview has given it a much-needed statutory support.

Addressing a press briefing on the issue, Health Minister JP Nadda said, ”Through this ordinance, NEET has been given a statutory support.”

Maintaining that NEET or the common medical entrance examination has been implemented from May 1, the Health Minister said, ”In some sections of media, it was coming that NEET has been deferred. I want to make it clear that in fact it has been implemented.”

The Health Minister said while states will be able to hold the undergraduate exams, the postgraduate exams to be held in December will be under NEET.

Union Health Minister JP Nadda had on Monday briefed the President on three sets of issues — different exams of state boards, syllabi and regional languages.

The President had asked Nadda’s ministry to explain the reason for taking the Ordinance route to keep state boards out of the ambit of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

Clarifying that the exemption is only for the state government seats, PTI reported that the state seats which are earmarked in the private medical colleges have also been exempted.

The states had flagged various issues in the health ministers conference recently, including problems related to language and syllabus for students.

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

Once the ordinance is issued, students of state government boards will not have to sit for NEET on July 24 this year. They, however, will have to become part of the uniform entrance exam from the next academic session.

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