President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday signed Ordinance on uniform medical entrance examination National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET). As per the Ordinance, students of state board will not have to appear for NEET and states can conduct their own medical entrance test.
The Ordinance was aimed at overturning the Supreme Court's verdict which proposed that all government colleges, universities and medical colleges will have to conduct NEET to gain admission to medical courses. But, more than 15 states were opposed to NEET and had raised issues like different syllabus and languages.
Union Health Minister J P Nadda on Monday met the President and ensured that the Ordinance will be signed. President had sought more information on few points from the Health Ministry on Monday after the discussion to keep state boards NEET this year. The government on Friday approved NEET ordinance given by Centre deferring the implementation of the medical entrance test. The test was thus put on hold for an year.
In April, the apex court acting on a proposal drafted by the Centre and CBSE decided that NEET would be the only medical entrance test for students aspiring for MBBS and BDS. Following the court's order, nearly 6.5 lakh students appeared for the first phase of NEET held on May 1. The second phase of exam is scheduled for July 24. However, students of state government boards will not have to appear for NEET on July 24.