With the Centre issuing an ordinance to bypass the Supreme Court order which mandates the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test ( NEET) for admissions into medical courses across the country, Andhra Pradesh government has announced that it will declare the results of the Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Test (EAMCET) on Saturday at 11 am.
You can check the results at www.apeamcet.org .
More than 2.90 lakh students had appeared in the test held on April 29. Of these, while the results of the students who opted for the engineering stream were announced on May 10, 1,03,000 students who appeared for the medical test had to wait after the Supreme Court ruled that admissions into medical courses in all the states this year will be only through NEET.
Both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana had sought exemption from NEET, arguing that their case is different from other states since they are protected by the Article 371(D) and the subsequent Presidential Order that gives special privileges in admissions. Telangana, which conducted EAMCET on May 15, delinked admissions to MBBS and BDS in view of the Supreme Court verdict.
Telangana State Council for Higher Education (TSCHE) had announced that the test will be valid for admissions into agriculture, horticulture, veterinary science and pharmacy courses.Over 2.46 lakh students had appeared in EAMCET in Telangana. They include 1,02,012 who opted for the medical stream.
The ordinance issued by the Centre came as a huge relief for students and their parents in both the Telugu states.
The Supreme Court’s order on NEET had come on April 28, a day before EAMCET was conducted in Andhra but the state still went ahead with the exam. The apex court subsequently refused to exempt any state.
Students said the court orders led to confusion and affected their preparation.
Andhra Pradesh’s minister Kamineni Srinivas said he discussed the issue with union health minister J. P. Nadda. He added that the chief minister also prevailed upon the Centre to come to the rescue of the students by bringing an ordinance.
Andhra’s human resources development minister G. Srinivasa Rao said while they respect the court orders, states should get time for one to two years to prepare for NEET.