KL NEWS NETWORK
After raising queries, President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday signed the ordinance to keep state boards out of the common entrance test (NEET) for Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and dental courses for this year.
The President promulgated the ordinance early this morning after Health Ministry officials returned with the file addressing all the queries raised by him, official sources told a news gathering agency.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi was at the President’s Secretariat early this morning along with top Health Ministry officials to respond to clarifications sought by the President on the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
The Ordinance had been sent on Saturday to the President, who left for China today on a four-day state visit.
After the ordinance on Uttrakhand was overturned by the Supreme Court earlier this month, the President’s Secretariat was this time more cautious and raised pointed queries as it was virtually taking on the apex court’s order which had directed the Government to hold medical exams under NEET covering government and private colleges besides state boards.
The President was briefed by Union Health Minister J P Nadda yesterday mainly on three issues including different exams of state boards, syllabi and regional languages.
This was followed by another briefing by officials after which the file was taken back by the Health Ministry last night only to return this morning with additional information and legal advice.
The ordinance on NEET, cleared by the Union Cabinet on Friday last, is aimed at “partially” overturning Supreme Court order that had also taken into account the multiple medical entrance tests by states and private colleges as well as allegations of corruption.
The court had directed that a common entrance test– NEET–will be held across India for MBBS and dental courses.
But state governments had objected to its implementation from this year, saying it will be too stressful for students as they had little time to prepare for the syllabus and also there were issue of language.
Meanwhile, J&K BOPEE officials told Kashmir Life that they are yet to read the NEET ordinance. “Let the order reach us,” a top BOPEE official said, “only then we can decide what to do.”