AIIMS, JIPMER admissions through NEET from 2020: Harsh Vardhan
Beginning 2020, all 15 All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) across states and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) in Puducherry, will admit students in MBBS/BDS courses through NEET-UG.Updated: Oct 04, 2019 18:58 IST
Beginning 2020, all 15 All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) across states and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) in Puducherry, will admit students in MBBS/BDS courses through National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test-Under Graduate (NEET-UG), which will add close to 1,600 seats for students taking the entrance exam.
India has about 76,000 under graduate medical seats in 539 medical colleges.
Like other Institutes of National Importance (INI), AIIMS and JIPMER Pudducherry are governed by a separate Act of Parliament under which they are eligible to conduct their own national-level entrance examination for the courses they offer.
“Under the new National Medical Commission (NMC) that is in the process of being constituted, there will be no multiple entrance examinations. We are looking at having a single exam and that includes for AIIMS and other such institutes that offer undergraduate course. From next year this will start,” said Dr Harsh Vardhan.
While JIPMER has about 200 under graduate seats, 15 AIIMS that are currently operational offer about 1212 seats that includes seats for the reserved category students. From next academic session four more AIIMS are likely to get operational and accept students at the under graduate level, which will add about 200 more MBBS/BDS seats to the overall AIIMS kitty.
The NMC also has a provision for conducting a single exam, National Exit Test (NEXT), that will act as the common final year MBBS exam, licentiate exam to practice medicine, criteria for admission to post graduate (PG) medical courses, and screening test for foreign medical graduates intending to work or study in India.
The NEXT results will also be one of the criteria used to rank medical colleges in the country. Of the 539 medical colleges that are functional in India, 279 are government medical colleges.
“The commission will not only rely on infrastructure and manpower to rate a college but also give weightage to the outcome. It will also reduce dependency on frequent inspections as the Act has done away with yearly registration renewal system. The risk-based assessment will however stay,” said Arun Singhal, additional secretary.
The test is likely to be implemented within three years of NMC being constituted.
The Union health ministry has set a target of six months after the NMC Act was notified on August 8, to constitute the 33-member Commission. The ministry had asked for applications through advertisements from experts interested in joining the Commission, for which 72 applications were received this month.
“The cell is looking into the applications. The Act has given us nine months to put in place the Commission, but we are working to ensure that it gets implemented in next six months,” said Preeti Sudan, health secretary.