NEET breather for States as President signs ordinance

But admissions to postgraduate courses through test alone.

May 24, 2016 10:41 am | Updated November 17, 2021 03:52 am IST

Prior to signing the ordinance, the President sought more information and clarification from the Health Ministry.

Prior to signing the ordinance, the President sought more information and clarification from the Health Ministry.

With President Pranab Mukherjee giving his assent to the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test ordinance before he embarked on his China visit, the ground was prepared on Tuesday for exempting State government medical colleges from the Supreme Court-mandated single all-India entrance exam for a year.

Statutory support

Stating that the ordinance had given a “firm and statutory” support to the common entrance test, Health Minister J.P. Nadda told a press conference that all postgraduate (PG) admissions will be done through NEET this year.

For undergraduate (UG) courses, an exemption has been made for ‘State quota’ seats in government medical colleges and private institutions for this academic session.

The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016, and The Dentists (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016, are being promulgated to amend the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, and Dentists Act, 1948, respectively to make way for a uniform entrance examination for UG and PG courses, with a stipulation that for the 2016-17 academic session, the States can opt to conduct their own examinations for UG courses.

The first phase of NEET was conducted on May 1, and the second phase is scheduled to be held on July 24.

The State government seats — both in government and private medical colleges — will be exempt from the purview of NEET regulations if the State government so opts. The exemption is only for this academic session,” said Mr. Nadda.

For this year, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha, Bihar and Chandigarh will admit students under NEET. Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, which do not conduct an entrance examination for medical and dental colleges, will continue to admit students on the basis of marks obtained in Class XII examinations this year. However, all management quota seats shall be filled by the private colleges and deemed universities through the NEET examination only.

“The purpose of the ordinance is to provide a firm statutory status to the concept of Uniform Entrance Examination for all UG and PG admissions, while providing a relaxation to the State governments in relation to only UG admissions for this year [2016-17] in view of their difficulties,” said Mr. Nadda. He said the ordinance was required because the Supreme Court was on vacation and both Houses of Parliament had adjourned sine die on May 13. The ordinance came after pressure from State governments, which had opposed NEET on the grounds of disparity of syllabus and differences in regional languages.

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