AYUSH seats to fill with disqualified NEET candidates

AYUSH seats to fill with disqualified NEET candidates

In order to fill the huge number of vacant private seats in private quota for Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) courses in the state, Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) has decided to admit the students who are not qualified under National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). The government has cleared that it would inform centre regarding the step through proper communication.

The decision comes after  KEA said students, who were not qualified for NEET, could get admitted in these courses, following a High Court directive regarding the same. Government order, which was issued early this year by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, had said only candidates with NEET can be admitted to AYUSH, but after the court order, the department has decided to modify the process.

“Preference will be given to students who are eligible in NEET. If still seats remain, they can be allotted to candidates who did not qualify in NEET but took the test. If seats remain even more, those can be allotted to students who did not take NEET but have academic eligibility,” senior KEA official told DH.

According to KEA statistics, the 1,577 government seats have been filled in AYUSH, and only 70 of the total 894 private quota seats have been filled in private colleges.

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