NEET Issue: Centre clears ordinance to postpone common entrance for MBBS till 2017

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In a big relief to students appearing for medical entrance test, the Centre issued an ordinance on Friday postponing the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test till 2017. The exam is a common entrance test for medical and dental courses. The ordinance was issued after a clearance was received from the Union Cabinet early this morning.

The NEET debate has caused much uncertainty among students appearing for different medical entrance exams this year. The Supreme Court had on May 9 disallowed state-level entrance exams for MBBS and BDS and ruled that all government and private colleges and deemed universities offering these courses would be covered under NEET. In wake of the verdict the examinations which had already taken place or were slated to be conducted separately stood nullified. The verdict had caused an uproar across all states with many calling the SC judgment ‘hasty’.

Meanwhile, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal sent a letter urging the PM not to pass any ordinance to defer the Supreme Court’s order.  “I sincerely urge Modi ji not to bring any ordinance to overturn SC order on NEET,” he tweeted along with an image of the letter.