Published On : Fri, May 20th, 2016

Ordinance against NEET to ensure donations for politicians

New Delhi/Nagpur: The AAP government today attacked the Centre for approving promulgation of an ordinance to keep NEET in abeyance alleging it was done to ensure “politicians” do not face any problem in collecting donations during admissions.

“It is extremely unfortunate that the Centre has decided to put on hold the Supreme Court’s order. There are various allegations that an attempt is being made to sell admissions in medical colleges. It is also said that Rs 20,000 croreis spent on admissions every year. So, they are promoting business,” Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain claimed.

Referring to a media report claiming that 80 MPs have medical colleges and such MPs are both from Congress and BJP , Jain said, “This was being done to ensure that politicians do not face problems in collecting donations during admissions in medical colleges.”

Jain said IIT has one examination, adding medical test should also be conducted in the similar manner in the country.

Under mounting pressure from several states, Centre today gave its nod for promulgation of an ordinance to keep state boards out of the ambit of uniform medical entrance examination, NEET, for this year.

The ordinance, cleared by the Union Cabinet this morning, is aimed at “partially” overturning the Supreme Court verdict which said all government colleges, deemed universities and private medical colleges would be covered under NEET.

The next phase of the exam is scheduled for July 24. Nearly 6.5 lakh students have already taken the medical entrance test in the first phase of NEET held on May 1.

Once the ordinance is issued, students of state government boards will not have to sit for NEET on July 24.

They, however, will have to become part of the uniform entrance exam from next academic session, government sources said.