The CM of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal has decided to go with the ruling of Supreme Court, accepting National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) as the uniform medical entrance examination for admission in all its medical colleges. The Delhi CM urged the President to not give his nod to the ordinance tabled by the government to exempt state boards from the Supreme Court ruling for this year.
The centre had bring the ordinance so that the state boards out of the ambit of NEET can conduct their entrance tests for this year and take admission of the students. According to a senior Delhi Health Department official, “The Delhi government has decided that admission will happen in all its medical colleges through NEET.” The Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal through his twitter account urged the President Pranab Mukherjee not to give his assent regarding the ordinance. He tweeted, “I urge honorable President not to sign the ordinance.” He had last week written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well, opposing the ordinance.
If the ordinance gets passed, which has already been cleared by the union cabinet on Friday, it will mean an overturning of Supreme Court judgment which has directed that all government colleges, deemed universities and private medical colleges will have to admit students this year through NEET. The Health Minister of Delhi Satyendar Jain has also come out in support of the Supreme Court ruling about NEET and requested centre to implement it at the earliest.
On the grounds of different syllabus, language issues and lack of time for proper preparation, more than 15 states had opposed NEET in their recent state health minister’s meeting. The next phased of the examination is scheduled to take place on 24 July 2016. Due to the flip-flop of decision of the court for the last one month, the candidates are now confused about how to approach of the examination this year. Over 6.5 lakh candidates who had taken up the AIPMT examination this year on May 1, had undergone the phase I of NEET. If the ordinance gets passed, the students who belong to the state government schools would not have to undergo the phase II of NEET on 24 July. Though, the government has made it clear that the ordinance would be applicable for this year only, and from next year onwards, the candidates would have to take up NEET throughout the entire country. The exam would be applicable to those applying for central government and private medical colleges.