Nadda briefs prez on medical entrance test

  • HT Correspondent
  • Updated: May 24, 2016 07:35 IST

NEW DELHI: Union health minister JP Nadda met President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday to brief him on the ordinance cleared by the Cabinet to exempt state boards from participating in the common medical entrance test- National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) this year.

The meeting that lasted for about an hour, focussed on problem areas such as regional languages, different syllabi and on-going state board examinations.

The President reportedly had asked the health ministry to explain the rationale behind taking the ordinance route to keep state boards out of NEET for this year, which would effectively overturn the Supreme Court order partially.

The Court in its April 28th order had refused to grant reprieve to state government colleges, deemed universities and private medical colleges, making it mandatory for all to participate in NEET.

After meeting representatives of 18 states on May 16, the health minister Nadda had said that the government though willing to comply to the Supreme Court order needed to consider concerns of all stake holders.

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