President Pranab Mukherjee clears NEET ordinance

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President Pranab Mukherjee clears NEET ordinance

After sufficient uncertainty and debates over the entrance examinations for admission to medical and dental colleges, President Pranab Mukherjee finally signed the ordinance according to which, states will have the option of conducting their own entrance exam for entry to undergraduate courses in medical and dental colleges. Health Minister J. P Nadda said, “The state government seats — both in government and private medical colleges — will be exempt from the purview of NEET regulations if the state government so opts. The exemption is only for this academic session.”

The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016, and the Dentists (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 have already been communicated to amend the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, and Dentists Act, 1948, respectively

Before this ordinance was passed, it was mandatory for all the students who wished to study at the best Indian medical and dental colleges to clear the NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test). The state governments have been opposing NEET exams from quite some time now on the grounds of disparity of syllabus and differences in regional languages.

This exemption is only for the undergraduate courses. For post graduate courses, exams will be held under the NEET for the 2017-18 sessions in December this year.

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