Cabinet clears ordinance to keep state boards out of NEET ambit this year

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The government on Friday cleared an ordinance to defer the implementation of NEET, the common entrance test for under-graduate medical courses in India.

The ordinance, which puts on hold a Supreme Court May 9 ruling ordering the implementation of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) from this year, was cleared in a cabinet meeting under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, official sources said.

Nearly 6.5 lakh students have already sat for the first phase of NEET held on May 1.

Once the ordinance is issued, students of state government boards will not have to sit for NEET on July 24.

They, however, will have to become part of the uniform entrance exam from next academic session, government sources clarified.

The exam will be applicable for those applying for Central government and private medical colleges.

The states flagged various issues in the health ministers conference recently, including problems related to language and syllabus for students. They said the students affiliated to state boards will find it tough to appear for the uniform test as early as July.

Health Minister J P Nadda is likely to meet President Pranab Mukherjee to explain him about the need for the ordinance.

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