Sisodia firm on implementing NEET in Delhi

Last Updated 23 May 2016, 04:19 IST

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday assured that universities under the Delhi government would follow the NEET for medical college entrance and claimed the government would not allow “sale” of seats.

After a meeting with Vice-chancellors and higher education department officials, Sisodia, who also heads the education portfolio, said the AAP government would work out a mechanism for smooth implementation of the  National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) in Delhi.

“At least the universities, under the Delhi government would follow NEET,” he told reporters. 

The Supreme Court in its recent order had said the admission for undergraduate medical and dental courses across the country would be only on the basis of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), even for students from state boards, from this academic session itself.

The Delhi government is one of the few governments which want the NEET to be implemented from the current academic year.

“Del govt favors NEET. Central govt, in collusion wid most state Govts, planning to kill NEET to favor mafia,” Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted a few days ago.
“Kudos to @SatyendarJain who singlehandedly opposed efforts to kill NEET in Central n state Health Ministers’ meet on Sunday.”

The apex court earlier turned down a batch of appeals by states seeking to conduct their own medical admission tests.

Jain claimed that medical education is allegedly a Rs 20,000 crore industry, which involves capitation fee and widespread corruption.

Last week Kejriwal wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him “not to bring any ordinance to overturn Supreme Court's order on NEET” otherwise people would think that the Centre is backing those indulging in black money. A few hours later the Union Cabinet passed an ordinance postponing

“We all know that the admission in private medical colleges is marred by malpractices. It involves a huge amount of money. Instead of talented students, those having money get seats,” wrote Kejriwal.

“To put an end to these malpractices, the Supreme Court has passed an order that admission to medical colleges should be done through a common entrance test, NEET,” he added.

Kejriwal said that students across the country want the NEET to be implemented.
 “So it's a humble request not to bring any ordinance to postpone the NEET otherwise people will get a message that the central government is
helping those indulging in black money,” he added.

The Delhi CM said that many leaders of political parties and some MPs have their own private medical colleges. “Out these private colleges, whike some of the institutes are good, others have become the hub of black money. So these leaders and political parties do not want NEET to be implemented,” he added.

(Published 23 May 2016, 04:19 IST)

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