Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said the ordinance on National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) will bring an end to the unhealthy trends practiced by private medical colleges in the country and solve all prevailing problems.
Naidu told the media that this issue was raised in the Parliament, adding all political parties opined the students would find it tough to prepare for the exams in such a short period of time. “We are in the favour of NEET. And the private colleges, which are practicing unhealthy trends we have to end those. I believe that all problems will be solved through this ordinance,” he added.
President Pranab Mukherjee has signed the ordinance, which was cleared by the Union Cabinet on May 20, to partially overturn a Supreme Court verdict which said all government colleges, deemed universities and private medical colleges would be covered under NEET. President Mukherjee agreed with the Centre The President had earlier sought more information and clarification on few points from the Union Health Ministry over the decision to bring an ordinance on NEET.
Union Health and Family Welfare Minister J.P. Nadda had met President Mukherjee yesterday to answer his questions on the need for urgency in issuing the executive order, which bypassed the Supreme Court’s ruling last month that NEET will be held across India.. Over 15 states were opposed to NEET and had raised concerns like different syllabus and languages during the recent State Health Ministers’ meeting with Nadda. Nadda had, however, earlier said the Centre was committed to implementing the NEET as per the apex court’s order, but was also looking for ways to accommodate the concerns of the states. The medical entrance test in the first phase of NEET was held on May 1.