The Central government on Friday approved an ordinance to defer the implementation of the Supreme Court-ordered National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET for state governments and their affiliated institutions to next year.
The Centre issued the ordinance following clearance from the Union Cabinet this morning.
The Centre had earlier this week kicked off consultations on the issue, asserting the matter was essentially in “executive domain”.
Several state governments wanted their exams to be the basis for admission for their 85 per cent quota seats for this year too.
Union Health Minister J P Nadda, however, had made it clear that private medical colleges and deemed universities cannot have their entrance exams and will have to take students only through the NEET route.
The all party meeting and the consultations with state health ministers came amid reports that Centre may bring an ordinance to bypass the apex court’s ruling making NEET mandatory from this year.