Students aspiring for the admission UG AYUSH courses from the next academic session (2018-19) will have to clear NEET as NEET score is mandatory to be eligible for the admission. The Ministry of AYUSH made NEET score mandatory for the admission PG AYUSH courses last year. Now, the ministry is planning to implement NEET for alternative medical programmes at UG level from the academic session 2018-19.
Currently, the ministry is in talks with CBSE to conduct NEET exam for AYUSH courses. The ministry felt that it would be easy for the aspirants if CBSE conducts the examination. Over 36,000 seats are available in undergraduate AYUSH courses across the country. So far, state universities have been conducting separate entrance exam for the admission to AYUSH courses. With a motive to standardise the admission process and attract meritorious students, the government has decided to hold NEET for AYUSH courses.
The Ministry of AYUSH is in plans to set up All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) in five cities across the country. However, the ministry is yet to confirm the locations for setting up AIIA. The ministry had sought funds from the central government to set up AIIA in five cities apart from New Delhi.
With a growing demand for AYUSH courses in India, more institutes are needed. AIIA will play a vital role in promoting research in different fields of AYUSH. During the academic session 2016-17, the government had approved 46 AYUSH medical colleges across the country.