Health ministry welcomes SC order on NEET

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New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) Health Minister J.P. Nadda on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court order to conduct entrance examinations for admission to MBBS and post graduate medical courses through the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), terming it a “milestone judgement”.

“The health ministry has been making efforts in this direction since a long time. The present order of the Supreme Court will significantly strengthen the efforts of the ministry to achieve this aim. It is a milestone judgement,” said Nadda.

He said that despite the challenges to conduct the exam this year, the ministry is geared up to work with the other partners and stakeholders to ensure that the entrance exams are successfully held.

The Supreme Court on Thursday said students aspiring for admission to under-graduate medical courses will have to appear in the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET).

The apex court bench headed by Justice Anil R. Dave gave its nod to two-phase holding of the NEET by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), as it declined the submission by certain states and associations of private medical colleges not to thrust NEET on them.

The court approved the CBSE schedule for holding NEET exams on May 1, 2016, and July 24, 2016, the declaration of results on August 17 this year, and counselling and admissions later.

–IANS

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