State board students get relief, NEET ordinance was approved by the President


New Delhi: National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) ordinance is approved by the President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday. Before leaving for China on a visit, the President has signed the ordinance. The ordinance was sent to the president on Saturday. Earlier, the President had sought legal advice on few points from the Health Ministry on the ordinance.

Clarifying that the exemption is only for the state government seats, government sources had said the state seats which are earmarked in the private medical colleges have also been exempted.

Last Friday, NEET ordinance was approved by the Union Cabinet. The Supreme Court decision aimed partly to avert. It said that all the government colleges, deemed university and private medical college will be in the range of NEET.  The court had taken into account allegations of corruption in multiple medical entrance tests held by states and private colleges.

State governments strongly objected and asked the court to review its order, saying such an exam would place regional language students at a disadvantage. When the court rejected the request, the Centre decided to bring an ordinance.

The next phase of the exam is scheduled for July 24.