The Central Board of Secondary Education, Delhi will conduct the National Eligibility and Entrance Test-II (NEET-II) on Sunday, July 24, 2016, according to the directives of the Supreme Court of India and the Ordinances promulgated by the Central Government on 24.05.2016, the board announced on its website.

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The nation-wide examination is aimed at the admission of eligible students to MBBS and BDS Courses in Medical and Dental Colleges run with the approval of Medical Council of India/Dental Council of India under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

The first phase of  NEET, 2016 was conducted on May 1. The examination method has sparked many debates and controversies since its inception regarding the states’ involvement, students’ convenience and other issues. Indore-based doctor Anand Rai (who was also involved in uncovering the Vyapam scam) filed a petition in May seeking a repeal of the ordinance which got presidential assent on May 24. According to Rai, the Centre’s support of the single-window National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for admissions is already showing signs of repercussions which will affect the process of admission. This will directly affect the students expecting admittance.

According to Rai, the Centre’s support of the single-window National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for admissions is already showing signs of repercussions which will affect the process of admission. This will directly affect the unsuspecting students expecting to be admitted.

Rai further stated that the democratic legislative process is one which involves the people’s representatives in the two Houses openly enacting a law after full consideration and discussion, while an ordinance seeks to circumvent that. In the case of NEET, the contradictory stand of the present ordinance at such a belated state is creating confusion among the students and may be unwittingly doing them more harm rather than good.

The ordinance provided that students of state government boards will not have to sit for NEET on July 24 and they will have to become part of the uniform entrance exam from the next academic session. An estimated number of  6.5 lakh students have already taken the first phase of NEET test on May 1.

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