NEET Ordinance Gets President Pranab Mukherjee’s Approval

Decks were cleared on Tuesday (May 24) for exempting state government medical colleges from the Supreme Court-mandated single All India entrance exam for a year with President Pranab Mukherjee giving his assent to the NEET Ordinance before he embarked on his China visit. Ending the uncertainty on the fate of the Ordinance after the President raised some queries on the measure that was cleared by the Union Cabinet on Friday, states now have the option of either conducting their own exam or be part of the NEET to fill 85 per cent of the Under Graduate (UG) medical and dental seats. 15 per cent of the remaining seats will be filled through NEET route by all India counselling. Union Health Minister J P Nadda while giving details of the Ordinance, which, he said gave a “firm statutory status” to the concept of Uniform Entrance Examination, however,made it very clear that all private medical colleges and deemed universities will come under the ambit of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test(NEET). However, for PG courses, the exam will be held under NEET for 2017-18 session, in December this year. Nadda said that the necessity of promulgating the Ordinance arose as the Supreme Court is presently in vacation while both the Houses of Parliament had been adjourned sine-die.

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