With the Union Cabinet on Friday approving an ordinance to bypass the Supreme Court’s order that mandates National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET)-2016 for admission to medical courses across India, celebrations were on in full swing in the city with parents, students and tutors distributing sweets and bursting crackers over the news.
However, the decision only pertains to admissions this year in government medical and dental colleges in which students can now get admissions based on the state entrance tests while those seeking admissions to private medical colleges or deemed universities will have to go through NEET itself.
Tutor Dilip Shah, who runs Science Academy, said that the decision has brought relief to thousands of students. “I think finally the Centre has understood the concerns of the students. It was just not possible to complete the portion within two months and had this decision not been taken, many deserving students would have had to give up their MBBS dream,” he said.
Students who think they will score well in the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET) are especially happy and many have decided not to appear for NEET-II as they are confident of getting a seat through the state entrance test.
Health minister J P Nadda said the government was not against NEET. “NEET has been implemented and it is in existence. First phase is over and the second phase of the exam will be held on July 24. Some states have raised certain issues and we are looking into it.
“In the all-party meeting held recently, Congress’s Jairam Ramesh also favoured addressing the concerns raised by the states,” Nadda said.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, meanwhile, opposed the government move. He tweeted a letter he wrote to the PM urging not to bring an ordinance. “It would send the message that the government is with those who have black or untaxed money.”
Most students, who had begun preparing for NEET-II, scheduled on July 24, have heaved relief. Poorva Barve, student of MES Garware College said, “Studying for NEET was becoming difficult for me as the portion is vast and different. I can’t express how relieved I am,” she said, adding, she will wait for the MHT-CET results and if satisfied, she will not appear for NEET-II. Parents, though happy about the decision, are still cautious about it and asking their wards to stay focused for NEET-II as well.