NEW DELHI :
state government seats in government Medical Colleges
and private institutions have been exempted from the
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)
the current year, a beaming minister told reporters on
Minister of Health and Family Welfare Mr J P Nadda who
was holding a press briefing after the promulgation of
the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016
and the Dentists (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 signed by
the President on May 24 morning said that "lakhs of
students stand benefited by the Ordinances".
minister said that the two ordinances have been
promulgated to amend the Indian Medical Council Act 1956
and Dentists Act, 1948 respectively to provide for a
uniform entrance examination for Undergraduate and Post
Graduate admissions with a proviso that for UG admission
for the year 2016-17 only, the state government seats
shall be exempt from the purview of NEET regulations if
the state government so opts.
Elaborating the Minister said that NEET was being
implemented from the current year for all UG admissions
in all private institution. He said the first phase was
held on May 1 and the second phase will be held on July
added that since Tamil Nadu and Puducherry do not hold
any admission test for medical and dental seats and
instead admit students on the basis of marks obtained in
Class XII examinations these states will have the option
(this year only) to adopt their own procedure.
Nadda categorically clarified that the management
quota seats shall be filled by the respective private
colleges/associations of colleges and/or private
universities/deemed universities through the NEET
UG-2016 examination only, in all the States. He
clarified that from next year starting with PG
examination in December 2016, NEET will fully apply
without any exemption.
“The purpose of the Ordinances is to provide a firm
statutory status to the concept of Uniform Entrance
Examination for all undergraduate and post graduate
admissions in Medical/Dental Colleges while providing a
relaxation to the State Governments in relation to only
UG admissions for this year [2016-17] in view of their
difficulties”, Nadda said.
stated that the necessity of promulgating the Ordinances
arose as the Supreme Court is in vacation and both
Houses of the Parliament had adjourned sine die
on 13th May 2016. He further added that six states and
one UT are already participating in the NEET this year,
and the Ordinances will allow them as well as any other
State which so opts to fill up their state government
seats from NEET for 2016-17 UG admissions.
Nadda said that the exemption to the State Governments
from NEET is only for this year. This was strongly
requested for by the states at the meeting of the State
Health Ministers held on May 16 where they cited the
(i) State level examinations for admissions have already
been conducted and students will have to appear for a
(ii) State examinations are also conducted in regional
languages. It would be unfair to make all students take
the examination in English/ Hindi, particularly when
only two months are left for NEET phase II.
(iii) The syllabi for the State level examinations
are different from the All India PMT, which is going to
be the basis for NEET phase II exam.
So far, five states -
Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Kerala and Tripura -
have conducted their own entrance examinations for MBBS
courses. They would be exempted from NEET this year.
Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur,
Rajasthan, Odisha, Chandigarh and Bihar, on the other
hand, have decided to go ahead with the NEET.
Seven states - Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh,
Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Punjab - have
deferred their entrance exams because of the confusion
over NEET. "Its up to them now to decide if they would
join the NEET or continue with their own test," Nadda
27,000-odd MBBS seats in private medical colleges,
almost two-thirds are likely to be covered by the NEET.
Telangana, AP students need to take two test
HYDERABAD : Unlike other states the students of
Telangana and Andhra Pradesh will have to write two
tests — Eamcet and NEET — to fulfil their ambition of a
career in medicine. While Eamcet will form the basis for
filling all seats in government colleges and 50 per cent
convener quota in private medical colleges, NEET will be
the qualifying exam for management quota seats in all
While Neet is slated for July 24, the fresh date of
TS Eamcet is yet to be announced. Students from AP,
however, have been spared the twin exam worries because
they have already cleared the Eamcet hurdle and now need
to write only the Neet to get admissions under
management category in various private colleges.
Although TS conducted its Eamcet on May 15, the
authorities had announced that the second test held in
the afternoon was not for filling medical and dental
seats in view of the SC judgement making NEET mandatory
for all states. However, the Centre’s unexpected move to
promulgate the Ordinance pushed TS into a tight
Cabinet okays NEET ordinance
NEW DELHI : Bowing to states' pressure the
Union cabinet decided on May 20 to bring in an Ordinance
to grant relief to states and to partly modify the Supreme Court order on National
Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
The Supreme Court had on
ordered for an all-India common medical/dental
admission test the first phase of which was held on
May 1 and the second one is due on July 24.
The Cabinet decision, the contents of which have not
been made public, will be sent to the President
to pass an executive order, setting aside the
Apex Court's May 9 order on NEET.
The states have been
opposing the NEET this year on grounds of logistical
issues as well as regional differences in languages
making NEET an unfair benchmark for students from
The Ordinance proposes to
allow states to hold their own CET/PMT this year
only. The motive is to defer the
implementation of the NEET for states so as not to
affect the CETs/PMTs organised by the states.
indications trickling out from Cabinet secretariat
and the Health Ministry the ordinance will
grant one year
time to states to hold their own CETs/PMTs;
institutions will have to pick students from May
1 and July 24 NEET merit list and
medical/dental colleges and deemed universities
will have to pick students from NEET.
Legal experts say the
ordinance will certainly be challenged by private
colleges because making special provision for states
will trigger a number of legal issues.
Earlier this week, health ministers from 23 states
had met the Union Health Minister JP Nadda on
the issue and expressed their concern.
When asked about the
ordinance Nadda said the government was not against
NEET. “NEET has been implemented and it is in
existence. First phase is over and the second phase
of the exam will be held on July 24. Some states
have raised certain issues and we are looking into
it. A detailed clarification will be issued on
Saturday ,“ he added.
The All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) is conducted
by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
but many states like Telangana, Andhra Pradesh,
Jammu & Kashmir conduct their own exams.
Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, tweeted that
he had urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to
bring an ordinance as it would send the message that
"the government is with those who have black or
Mr Kejriwal said that "many leaders and lawmakers
from many parties" run their own medical colleges
and have their own reasons for opposing a common
national test. Corruption in exams held in states
was the reason the Supreme Court ordered NEET or
National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test for the
education minister Vinod Tawde termed the Centre’s
decision as a “victory for all students”.
“Our aim was to relieve students from the state. The
efforts of people from the state and lakhs of
students from other states made it possible,” said
“The 2,810 seats in 20
government-run medical institutes will be filled on
the basis of MH-CET scores. But students applying
for the 3,395 seats in private and deemed
universities will have to appear for NEET this
year,” said Dr Pravin Shingare, director of the
Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER),
'Medical mafia' wants ordinance to bypass NEET
By Academics-India desk
NEW DELHI : A group of doctors and social
activists has urged the government to resist
pressure from 'medical mafia' who want to avoid
implementation of Supreme Court's NEET order to earn
a fast buck.
“Private medical education has become a big
business. Deferring NEET for one year will give
sufficient time to the medical mafia to manipulate,”
the doctors said in a statement.
April 28 and then
May 2 the Supreme
Court ruled that only one common examination – the
National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) –
would enable students for admission to MBBS and BDS
courses in medical colleges in the country in the
current academic year.
The activists group, called National Coalition for
Reforms and Restructuring of Medical Council of
India, said that about 80 members of Parliament own,
directly or indirectly, medical colleges in the
country and they would be adversely affected by the
recent Supreme Court judgements.
The powerful, moneyed lobby of these MPs are moving
the government to bring in an ordinance to bypass
the Supreme Court ruling that has made NEET mandatory for
medical and dental college admissions, the group
A report published in The Telegraph, Calcutta
on May 13 said quoting "highly placed sources in the
government" that an all-party meeting may be
convened soon to explore promulgation of an
ordinance to restore the right of state governments
and individual institutions to hold their own
entrance tests this year.
Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda, the report
said, is at present in poll-bound Kerala and is
expected back next week. The government is likely to
convene an all-party meeting after that, said the
report datelined Delhi.
The activist group has condemned the government’s
statement made in Lok Sabha on May 12 that it would
request the Supreme Court to defer NEET-UG exam by a
“This is a pressure tactic by the private medical
colleges and other interested parties who want the
capitation fee to continue. It is well known that there
are almost 80 MPs who have direct interest in private
medical education. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu instead of naming these members is
succumbing to their pressures. It will be a sad day
for deserving if any changed are now made,” a
statement from the group formed last week in Delhi
“The opposition is mainly because of the
involvement of Rs 12,000 crore, which is in
circulation for pre-admission procedures. If the
government comes out with an ordinance, we will seek
an appointment with the President and request him
not to sign the ordinance,” group president G S
Grewal from Punjab Medical Council said.
As against this the college owners' lobby of MPs,
cutting across party line, has become increasingly
active to precipitate a solution in their favour by
hook or crook. April 28 order of the Supreme Court
Sankalp Charitable Trust case
and its reiteration on May 9 and an equally pungent
5-judge Constitution bench decision in
Modern Dental College and Research Centre and
others case has sealed the fate of
profiteering politicians. An ordinance to bypass the
Supreme Court decision on NEET is their only hope.
The Supreme Court had ruled on April 28 that
starting this academic session, students would have
to appear for NEET to seek admission into any
medical or dental college in the country. It refused
appeals by states and private medical colleges to
put off the exam till next year and later ruled that
only NEET would be valid for admissions into MBBS
and BDS courses.
Until now, the Central Board of Secondary
Education (CBSE) used to hold the All India
Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) for admission to 15 per
cent of seats in medical colleges except in the
states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jammu and
Kashmir. For the remaining seats, some states and
individual institutions used to hold their own
entrance tests in English and regional language. A
few states, such as Tamil Nadu, have been selecting
students on the basis of their Class XII marks.