Most States in favour of NEET; will soon decide on implementation issues: 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”. This was stated by Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Shri J P Nadda after he met the Health Ministers from various States to hear their views on issues related to NEET.
Shri Nadda stated that he had fruitful discussion with the Health Ministers from many States where they 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 Sates 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. Moreover, 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 Union Health Minister stated that the expressed views and concerns of the States shall be collated and soon a future course of action shall be thought of. He further said that the Government was committed to bring about transparency in medical education and remove malpractices.
Health Ministers and Health Secretaries/representatives of 18 States/UTs were present during the meeting along with senior officers of the Union Health Ministry.