The government cleared an ordinance on Friday 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, reports said.
Notwithstanding protests from several states, first round of exams under new NEET format has already been held. The second round was supposed to be held on July 24.
The ordinance will help state governments as well as individual institutions like AIIMS to conduct their own admission test this year.
After the apex court’s ruling, many states requested a year to implement NEET.
They felt that hurrying the implementation of NEET would affect careers of lakhs of students applying for MBBS and BDS courses in the country.
Union Health Minister JP Nadda met state health ministers on May 16 to hear their dilemma following the SC order.
An All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) for admission to 15 percent seats in medical colleges is presently conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
Test however does not extend to Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Telangana, which conduct their own common entrance exam.