Today (20 May) the Indian government passed an ordinance that defers the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) by a year. Following a clearance from the Union Cabinet, the law was issued by the Centre. The decision was taken given giving enough time for students to prepare.
Last month, the Supreme Court made the exam mandatory for all medical aspirants. The decision came after students had bee protesting for the corruption that occurred rampantly in all state government and private medical colleges when they held their medical entrance exams. But following the court’s order, some states including Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra as well as Karnataka proposed that the review is deferred so as to give time to students to prepare for the exam.
It’s worth noting the general exam can be taken only by people who are applying for private management and central management institutions under the management quota.
Postponing of the exam has been broadly welcomed by the student body who are probably sighing with relief at the present moment. Apparently, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi informing him that the Supreme Court decision has been very much welcomed by the student because now it’ll discourage people getting admitted into reputed medical colleges by offering bribes and donations.
The need for this particular ordinance was felt after some meetings that held between the state health ministers and the Union Health Minister JP Nadda. JP Nadda held the first meetings with health ministers of around 14 states. Following which there was another meeting took place between the leaders of the Congress, the INLD, Left and PDP and Union finance minister Arun Jaitley. It was agreed up, that taking the standard exam so soon would be incredibly stressful for medical aspirants. They realise that they needed to come to a decision fast as it was becoming frustrating for students to study with such uncertainties prevailing around the entrance exam.
As of now some 6.5 lakh, students have already sat for the first phase of NEET held on May 1. The next step of the exam is scheduled for July 24.