neet studentsPresident Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday signed ordinance seeking to defer implementation of uniform medical entrance examination NEET.

The decision from President comes a day after Health Minister JP Nadda briefed him about the need for bringing the Executive Order.

The Ordinance was on Saturday sent to the President. Nadda was to attend a global health summit in Geneva but had to cancel the trip to meet the President.

The Ordinance, cleared by the Union Cabinet earlier on Friday, is aimed at “partially” overturning a Supreme Court order which said all government colleges, deemed universities and private medical colleges would be covered under NEET.

The next phase of the exam is scheduled for July 24. Nearly 6.5 lakh students have already taken the medical entrance test in the first phase of NEET held on May