New Delhi: Most states are in favour of making the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) mandatory for students seeking admission into MBBS and BDS courses in both government and private medical colleges across the country, according to Union Health Minister J P Nadda.
“Most states are in favour of NEET in principle. However, some states have expressed that there are some logistic issues that are impeding its implementation and therefore they have desired for some more time,” said Nadda after meeting health ministers of various states to hear their views on issues related to NEET here on Monday.
At the meeting, health ministers and health secretaries of 18 states and union territories shared their state-specific issues in the context of holding the NEET this year.
“While they all agreed that the NEET was a welcome move to bring in transparency and remove several observed malpractices from the field of medical education, they pointed out that in some states the examination process was either underway or was soon to commence for induction to the state government medical colleges. Also, there were issues of the syllabus of the CBSE being different than what the state boards followed,” he said.
According to Nadda, the states also pointed out that NEET should be allowed in regional languages in addition to Hindi and English in order to have parity for the students who have taken the state board exams.
“The expressed views and concerns of the states shall be collated and soon a future course of action shall be thought of,” said the health minister, adding, “The government is committed to bring about transparency in medical education and remove malpractices.”