There will be single test–National Eligibility cum Entrance Exam (NEET)– for admissions
to medical and dental courses across the country, as President Pranab Mukherjee has given the nod to two bills recently passed by parliament in this regard.
Mukherjee has given assent to Indian Medical Council(Amendment) Act, 2016 and Dentists (Amendment) Act, 2016,officials said.
These laws were passed by Rajya Sabha on August 1 to pave the way for NEET, which is designed to curb corruption by bringing in transparency, checking multiplicity of exams and
to stop the exploitation of students in counselling.
They had got Lok Sabha last month.The two Acts mandates uniform entrance examination for admission to all medical and dental educational institutions run postgraduate and undergraduate courses.
“There shall be conducted a uniform entrance examination to all medical educational institutions at the undergraduate level and post-graduate level through such designated
authority in Hindi, English and such other languages…,”reads the law.
The same provision is for admissions to dental educational institutes.
The NEET is intended to be introduced from the academic year 2017-18.
These legislations have amended the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 and the Dentists Act, 1948 and replaced the ordinances that were promulgated by the government to circumvent the Supreme Court order for implementation of NEET examination from this session itself.