Even after abolishing the Engineering Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET) and replacing it with the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to MBBS and BDS courses by Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments, there seems no respite from the problems for the students aspiring to take up courses in the traditional courses like AYUSH.
The central government has not issued any guidelines regarding admissions for the AYUSH courses on the basis of NEET ranks. After the adaptation of the NEET, state governments have to offer 15 percent of its seats under the all India reservation, while rest of the 85 percent seats will be filled up by the candidates from the respective state.
No guidelines have been issued with respect to the admissions to BHMS, BAMS, and Unani medicine. Both, the students and parents are confused over the matter. Whether the students will be enrolled for these courses under the NEET counselling process or the state government will hold another examination and issue separate notification - there is no clear indication as of now.
The number of seats in Telangana in AYUSH courses are as follows:
- BAMS - 100
- BHMS - 350
- Unani - 175
- Naturopathy and Yoga - 30
Previously the state government used to fill up seats for all these courses based on the scores of EAMCET. Students with ranks between 5000 to 15000 used to get admission in the AYUSH colleges.
The central government had asked both Andhra and Telangana governments to adopt NEET in 2014, but because of several factors like language, syllabus and other technical problems, both the states sought a two-year period of time to streamline themselves with the exam.