SRINAGAR: Officials on Monday said that fresh Common Entrance Test (CET) would be held for MBBS and BDS courses if Indian president gives nod to the ordinance seeking deferment of all India level NEET exams for this academic year.
The Government of India cleared the ordinance in cabinet and sent for president’s approval after several states including Jammu and Kashmir objected to the Supreme Court judgment over medical exams.
Commissioner/Secretary Law, Muhammad Ashraf Mir, told Kashmir Reader that the state has no alternative other than conducting a re-exam for medical courses only.
“Not all the aspirants (seeking admissions to the government medical colleges) appeared in the recently concluded Common Entrance Test conducted by the BOPEE. So, new exams have to be held for all the students,” Mir said.
He said that those students who appeared in Phase-I of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), will also be included in the new CET exams.
Mir, while mentioning the meeting between President of India, Pranab Mukherjee and health minister, JP Nadda which was held in Indian capital on Monday afternoon, said that they haven’t received any communication on the outcome of the meeting.
“It would be clear in one or two days as to what the government of India has decided about the (NEET) issue and we will act accordingly,” Mir said.
BOPEE secretary GH Tantray also hinted at holding new exams for medical courses, if NEET order is postponed.
“If government of India succeeds in differing the NEET order, new exams would be held for the admissions,” Tantray said.
The NEET was mooted by the Supreme Court to avoid multiple entrance tests and minimise corruption and irregularities in admissions to medical courses.
The J&K had invoked Article 370, which gives special status to it, before the Supreme Court to seek exemption from the NEET, the court, however, rejected the plea.
The Medical Council of India (MCI) and Indian Medical Association (IMA) had welcomed the apex court’s decision, whereas various states, including the association of private medical colleges were aggrieved by the top court’s order and have filed review petitions.
Medical Council of India (MCI) back in December 2010 had amended its ‘Graduate Medical Education Regulation’ which says those seeking admission in MBBS and other medical courses will have to go through a single entrance test, to be called NEET.
The amendment was, however, challenged by various states, private medical colleges and other organizations and was struck down in 2013 by Supreme Court.
The NEET judgment was revived In April 2016, when a review petition was filed by government of India and MCI.