Politics

State Boards to Stay Out of NEET Ambit This Year

New Delhi: The government today approved the promulgation of an ordinance to keep state boards out of the ambit of the uniform medical entrance examination, NEET, for one academic year.

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.

Nearly 6.5 lakh students have already appeared for the first phase of NEET held on May 1. The next phase of the exam is scheduled for July 24. Once the ordinance is issued, students of state government boards will not have to appear for the exam.

The students, however, will have to become part of the uniform entrance exam from the next academic session, government sources clarified. NEET will be applicable to those applying to central government and private medical colleges.

The states flagged various issues with NEET, including problems related to language and the syllabus for students, in the recent health ministers’ conference. They said the students affiliated to state boards will find it tough to appear for the uniform test as early as July.

Health Minister J.P. Nadda is likely to meet President Pranab Mukherjee to explain to him the need for the ordinance.