Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda said President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 and The Dentists (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016, which will be promulgated this evening.
It provides for a uniform entrance examination for Undergraduate and Post Graduate admissions with a proviso that for UG admission for the year 2016-17 only, the State Govt. seats (both in Govt. and Private Medical Colleges) shall be exempt from the purview of NEET regulations if the State Government so opts.
Here are major points of the ordinance:
— NEET is being implemented from the current year 2016 itself for all UG admissions in all private institution in respect of their seats. The first phase has been conducted on 1st May 2016, and the second phase shall be held on 24th July, 2016.
— Only State Government seats in Government Medical Colleges and State Government seats in private institutions will be exempted from NEET this year, if the state Government concerned so opts.
— In the States of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry where no entrance test is conducted for Medical and Dental Colleges, but merit in Class 12 state board exam is considered will remain so only for this year.
— All the management quota seats shall be filled by the respective private colleges/associations of colleges and/or private universities/deemed universities through the NEET UG-2016 examination only, in all the States even for this year.
“The purpose of the Ordinances is to provide a firm statutory status to the concept of Uniform Entrance Examination for all undergraduate and post graduate admissions in Medical/Dental Colleges while providing a relaxation to the State Governments in relation to only UG admissions for this year [2016-17] in view of their difficulties”, said Nadda.
Since the Supreme Court is in vacation and both Houses of the Parliament had been adjourned sine-die on 13th May 2016, the ordinance became necessary, he explained.
Despite exemption, six States and one UT are already participating in the NEET this year.