State education minister Vinod Tawde on Friday termed the Centre’s decision to bring in an ordinance to defer the national eligibility-cum-entrance test (NEET) examinations for admission to government medical and dental colleges a “victory for all students”.
“Our aim was to relieve students from the state. The efforts of people from the state and lakhs of students from other states made it possible,” said Tawde.
According to the ordinance, NEET will be applicable only for admissions to private medical and deemed institutes this year, while admissions to government institutes will be conducted on the basis of MH-Common Entrance Test (CET) scores. From next year, all admissions will be conducted on the basis of NEET scores, states the ordinance.
“The 2,810 seats in 20 government-run medical institutes will be filled on the basis of MH-CET scores. But students applying for the 3,395 seats in private and deemed universities will have to appear for NEET this year,” said Dr Pravin Shingare, director of the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER).
“Today, the govt advocates were instructed to file caveats regarding today’s ordinance to cancel NEET this year in Maharashtra. This is to avoid any petitions challenging this move by the central govt,” Tawde tweeted late in the evening.
Despite the ordinance, the fact that a majority of students will gave to appear for NEET on July 24 cannot be ignored.
“Admissions to private and deemed institutes are anyway conducted on the basis of other entrance tests. This practice will be discontinued from this year. With only one test (NEET), admissions to private institutes will be centralised and done only on the basis of merit. Now institutes can’t ask for donations to allot seats,” said Tawde.
While the MH-CET results are likely to be announced on June 1, the education department will release the answer key for MH-CET exams within a few days, which will make it easier for students to gauge their scores.
“I request students to continue preparing for NEET, and make sure they have a back-up plan in case they don’t get a seat in a government college,” said Tawde.
The education department will also make sure that special training is provided to Class 12 students, who will take NEET next year.