The Health Ministry of India stated that the NEET(National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) has been lucid and has eased it for potential NEET applicants to just appear for NEET exams rather than appearing for multiple medical entrance exams.
As per the Health Ministry of India, there is no official proposition to eradicate NEET exams, which came when responding to a string of questions by Ashwini Kumar Choubey, the Junior Health Minister in the Central Government. This query was raised by a member of the Upper House as on the day.
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In addition to this, the official also stated that several instructions set out by the National Medical Commission Act and Medical Council of India alongside the Supreme Court decision authorizes that an entrance exam for medical aspirants must be carried out on a national level and that NEET has, in fact, resulted in a great level of lucidity, simplifying it for potential candidates to take part in one exam rather than multiple entrance exams.
Before the National Medical Commission Act was passed, as per the minister, section 10D of the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 suggested conducting a consistent and steady entrance exam – NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) to all the medical institutes at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. This clause of the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 to carry out NEET is applicable all through India with no exemption to any of the states.
The minister also stated that NEET has led to a better and minimum level of educational standard in medicine giving no scope for any type of malpractice during admission processes. This has resulted in a high degree of clarity, lowering the load of potential candidates willing to participate in several entrance examinations.
Furthering to this, the Honourable Supreme Court vide order dated 11/04/2016 in R.P. 2159-2268 of 2013 in T.C. (c) 98 of 2013 has permitted the conduction of NEET exams. Also, the apex court vide order dated 09/05/2016 presided over that the only exam which would enable students to get through admissions to MBBS/BDS studies would be NEET, as per Ashwini Kumar Choubey
In the National Medical Commission Bill, its draft stated there was a term for NEET exams. As per the minister, a few objections were raised against the provision by a few states before the Departmental Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare. These statements were made note of by the Standing Committee and post appropriate contemplation suggested in its 109th Report on NMC Bill 2017 to perform a uniform exam – NEET for admissions to UG medical education scheme in all the medical institutes.
As a result, the minister stated that the Parliament has considered the Bill and issued the NMC Act in addition to the clause of NEET and this act has been sanctioned on August 8th 2019.
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