The Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey has recently stated in a Rajya Sabha session that the centralized National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) examination for medical courses across the country has shown betterment in its expected process. This has been proven through the least noted cases of malpractices in the recent years. He added that such robust standards also motivate the other entrance authorities of medical education (such as AIIMS) in carrying out their exams in a streamlined manner. The minister expressed his perception in these words through a written statement and presented in the Rajya Sabha on March 28, 2018.
The Health and Family Welfare Minister also stated that the NEET exam has, this way, been one of the most transparent eligibility check entrance that reduces the burdens of students aspiring to become doctors. He formally stated – “Section 10D of Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 prescribes conducting of a uniform entrance examination namely National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to all medical educational institutions at undergraduate and post-graduate level”.
Mr. Ashwini told that the NEET exam was introduced from the academic year 2016-17. It was also carried out successfully in 2017, and the same trend is expected in 2018 and upcoming years. He commented in the parliament – “The provision of the IMC Act, 1956 for conducting NEET apply across the country without any exemption to any State”.
The honorable minister told that the current level of transparency in the admission and merit process of NEET has been made possible through the amendments in the Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 1997 and Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000. These amendments also turned the NEET exam to be a common counselling platform for the students who would be seeking admissions to various medical courses across the country.
Mr. Choubey had declared last week in the parliament that total 437 seats of the MBBS course were left unoccupied for the academic year 2017-18. He added that it was not allowed earlier to allocate the left out seats to the NEET qualifiers before NEET 2018.
This was because the admission process for the MBBS courses at various medical institutions across India through common counselling was earlier supposed to be closed by August 31, 2018. The new guidelines for NEET 2018 have eliminated all those hurdles and are expected to benefit thousands of the aspirants.
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There have been lots of controversies rotating around the NEET examination over the past few years. Those included decisions on setting upper age limit, setting difficult questions for students opting vernacular languages, and more.
The NEET UG 2018 exam is scheduled to be conducted on May 06, 2018. Students clearing this exam will be able to get admissions to the MBBS and BDS courses across the various medical and dental colleges in India.
The paper will be available in 11 languages this year. Those will include Hindi, English, Urdu, Gujarati, Marathi, Odiya, Bengali, Assamese, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada.