Srinagar: The Board of Professional Entrance Examinations finally cleared the air on the entrance examination for MBBS and BDS courses, saying it will conduct Jammu and Kashmir Common Entrance Test for the courses in July.
The decision to conduct JKCET was taken at a high-level meeting convened by minister for ARI and Trainings and Science and Technology Sajjad Lone.
Chairman BOPEE GH Tantray told Kashmir Reader that no NEET exams would he held here as far as this academic year is concerned. When asked would the state remain exempted from the NEET in future also, he said, “We hope so.”
State would conduct exams for MBBS and BDS courses only as the exams for rest of the courses like BAMS, BUMS, BPT and BE has already been conducted by the board, he said.
Tantray said the admission process would be what it used to be. A formal notification will be made public in a few days.
Khurshid Ahmad Shah, secretary BOPEE, said the board is holding a separate meetings to decide on future strategy for the exams.
Earlier, the National Entrance Examinations Test (NEET) was mooted by the Supreme Court to avoid multiple entrance tests and minimise corruption and irregularities in admissions to medical courses.
Given the special status, the J&K had invoked Article 370 before the Supreme Court to seek exemption from the NEET, but the court rejected the plea.
The Medical Council of India (MCI) had 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 the Supreme Court.
In April 2016, the NEET judgment was revived, when a review petition was filed by Government of India and MCI.