The government has 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 Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda, official sources said.
The Centre deferred NEET to the next year citing the confusions raised after it was declared by the Apex Court. The meeting held by J.P. Nadda with other health ministers decided that the state governments can go forward with their entrance tests and NEET can be implemented after giving enough time for the students to prepare for a one common test which will be held nationwide.
Earlier the day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had written to Modi appealing to not defer the NEET Exam which was proposed by the Supreme Court. He said in the letter that such a move overturning SC order will create negative impacts among students who have sat already for the exams and their parents.
He made it clear that many students and their parents have welcomed the idea of conducting a one common test nationwide which will help in increasing the transparency of the test. He also reminded the Centre that if they come forward to scrap the exam that will create an impression that the government wants to help those with black money.
“It has come to my notice that central government is bringing an ordinance to reverse the SC order. Many students have come to meet me and if central government does this, this will amount to cheating,” Kejriwal tweeted.
He also added that many leaders and MPs run medical institutes and hence they oppose the NEET. “A few days ago, Union health minister JP Nadda called a meeting over the issue, where almost all health ministers opposed NEET except Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain. Many leaders and MPs run medical institutes that is why they are against NEET,” he said.
The first phase of the NEET was conducted on 1st May and the second phase was scheduled to July 24. However, after the new ordinance came in, the students are not expected to attend the exam.