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President Pranab Mukherjee signs Ordinance on NEET

After raising queries, President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday signed the ordinance to keep state boards out of the common entrance test (NEET) for MBBS and dental courses for this year.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi was at the President’s Secretariat early this morning along with top Health Ministry officials to respond to clarifications sought by the President on the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

The Ordinance, cleared by the Union Cabinet, is aimed at ‘partially’ overturning a Supreme Court order which said all government colleges, deemed universities and private medical colleges would be covered under NEET.

The Ordinance was on Saturday sent to the President, who is scheduled to leave for China today. The President has also sought the opinion of in-house legal experts on the Ordinance.
union Health Minister JP Nadda had on Monday briefed the President on three sets of issues — different exams of state boards, syllabi and regional languages.

The President had asked Nadda’s ministry to explain the reason for taking the Ordinance route to keep state boards out of the ambit of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
Clarifying that the exemption is only for the state government seats, PTI reported that the state seats which are earmarked in the private medical colleges have also been exempted.
The states had flagged various issues in the health ministers conference recently, including problems related to language and syllabus for students.

The exam will be applicable for those applying for Central government and private medical colleges.
Once the ordinance is issued, students of state government boards will not have to sit for NEET on July 24 this year. They, however, will have to become part of the uniform entrance exam from the next academic session.

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