Kerala to seek exemption from NEET this year
Expressing dismay over Supreme Court's order to conduct National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), the Kerala Government has decided to approach the apex court seeking exemption this year. The state has already held medical entrance exams on 27 and 28 April.
"We are not opposing NEET. But the government is of the opinion that it seek exemption from the apex court his year as we have already conducted the exams," Health Secretary K Ellangovan said. The matter will be taken up with the Law Secretary and Advocate General before approaching the Supreme Court.
State Education Minister P K Abdu Rabb said that his department was not in favour of the common test. "However, it is up to the Medical Board to take a call on the matter. The Education Department is only responsible for conducting the exam," he said.
The Supreme Court has ordered to hold a single common entrance test for admission to MBBS and BDS courses, in two phases for the academic year 2016-17. The verdict implies that all government colleges, deemed universities and private colleges come under the NEET. It also means that examinations already conducted or slated to be held separately stand scrapped.