NEET Compulsory For Admission To Private Medical Colleges In Kerala
The Kerala government today directed private medical colleges in the state to take admission through National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters that an ordinance to this effect was issued keeping in mind the Supreme Court order which made NEET compulsory for admission to all government medical colleges and asked state governments to regulate the admission process in private colleges. The Kerala Medical Education (Regulation and Control of Admission to Private Medical Institutions) Ordinance 2017 will regulate admission process and fee structure at private medical colleges. The bill will also ensure reservation for candidates from backward and SC/ST communities.
With the implementation of the bill, the admission to government and private medical colleges in Kerala will entirely be on the basis of merit and rank in NEET exam.
For admission to MBBS and BDS courses, the colleges would accept NEET score, while for other medical and para-medical courses, the government would conduct separate entrance tests.
Yesterday a special cabinet meeting was held which promulgated the ordinance. The ordinance also received the Governor's approval.
To regulate the admission process an Admission and Fee regulatory Committee will be constitutes for admission to the medical and dental colleges. A retired Supreme Court or High Court Judge would serve as the Chairperson of this committee. According to a press release in this regard, the committee will constitute of members from the government as well as the Medical Council of India. The committee will decide the fees as per the guidleines issued by Supreme Court.
Supreme Court had earlier said that there should be standardisation of fees structure. Several discussion were held between all the political parties in the state and the private medical college managements before introducing and passing the ordinance.
(With Inputs from Press Trust of India)
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