After President Pranab Mukherjee signed Centre’s ordinance on uniform medical entrance examination NEET, Health Minister JP Nadda on Tuesday said that through this ordinance NEET has been given a statutory status.
The ordinance exempts certain state boards from the ambit of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for a year.
The exempted states include Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Punjab.
While addressing a press conference, the health minister, said states will be able to hold the undergraduate exams, the postgraduate exams to be held in December will be under NEET.
The central government was committed to implementing NEET but the states expressed their concerns which had to be addressed, Nadda said.
“State governments wanted exemption and the issues were related to parity of syllabus and option of giving exam in regional languages,” Nadda said.
“After due consultation, we came out with an ordinance which provides NEET a statutory basis and where we give state governments an option to conduct examination and those who have conducted exams to go forward in that direction,” he said.
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