NEETly done: Centre clears ordinance to defer common test

The ordinance is aimed at “partially” overturning the Supreme Court verdict

New Delhi: Under mounting pressure from several states, the government yesterday gave its nod for promulgation of an ordinance to keep state boards out of the ambit of uniform medical entrance examination, NEET, for this year.

The ordinance, cleared by the Union Cabinet yesterday morning, is aimed at “partially” overturning a Supreme Court verdict, which said all government colleges, deemed universities and
private medical colleges would be covered under NEET. This was the only agenda for the Cabinet meeting, sources said.

Clarifying that the exemption is only for the state government seats, sources said that state seats earmarked in the private medical colleges have also been exempted. Different states earmark anything between 12-15 per cent seats in various private medical colleges for state quota so that students from one state can get seats in another state.

The remaining seats in such colleges are reserved for domicile students. Now with this Ordinance, the remaining seats meant for domicile students will come under NEET.

Next phase
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 sit for NEET on July 24. They, however, will have to become part of the uniform entrance exam from next academic session, government sources said.

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