Despite AIADMK’s walkout, the Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the bill mandating the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), a single common entrance examination for medical and dental courses. Private colleges will also be under the ambit of NEET.
The NEET which will be introduced from the next academic session in 2017, is a constitutional status provided by the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2016, and The Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
The Supreme Court had earlier ordered to implement NEET, this year. But the Bill however, deferred from the order, implementing it from the next session.
Health Minister J P Nadda, who moved the bill for consideration and passing, said the new legislation has three main objectives: end the multiplicity of examinations, make them fair and transparent and ensure students are not exploited, particularly with regard to capitation fees.
According to Mr Nadda, the examination will be based on NCERT syllabus. CBSE will conduct the undergraduate exam and the post-graduate exam will be conducted by national board of examination. He further said that special care will be taken to do away with the differences in syllabus and a standardised syllabus would be set so that candidates from rural belts do not face any trouble.
A committee of judges will decide on the fees to be charged by the private medical colleges, while the government will fix the charges of the government institutes. Also, the test will be conducted in regional languages.
AIADMK of Tamil Nadu had sought that states should not be compelled to adopt NEET, they should be able to decide whether they want their own examination or not. Mr Nadda tried to allay their fears assuring them that state’s quota would not be touched. However, the AIADMK chose to walkout.