New Delhi: The BJP government in New Delhi on Friday approved the promulgation of an ordinance to keep state boards out of the uniform medical entrance examination, NEET, in this academic year. This is a major relief to students of J&K and is expected to tone down strident voices of protest over the imposition of the exam on the state’s students.
The executive order is aimed at “partially” overturning a Supreme Court verdict that said all government colleges, deemed universities, and private medical colleges would be covered under NEET.
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.
Once the ordinance is issued, students of state government boards will not have to sit for NEET on July 24. They, however, will have to become part of the uniform entrance exam from the next academic session, government sources clarified.
The exam will be applicable for those applying for central government and private medical colleges.
States complained of many problems in the health ministers’ conference recently, including problems related to language and syllabus for students. They said the students affiliated to state boards would find it tough to appear for the NEET in July.
Health minister JP Nadda is likely to meet President Pranab Mukherjee to explain to him the need for the ordinance.