Andhra Pradesh seeks more time for NEET

The state government on Monday once again sought exemption from the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Neet) for admission into MBBS and BDS colleges.

In a letter to Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday, chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy requested that the Centre give time to the state’s students till 2014 to join Neet.

“Our students will write Neet in 2014. I request you to issue orders exempting the state from Neet-2013,” the chief minister wrote.

The move was necessitated after the Supreme Court asked the states which had expressed their willingness to join Neet by 2013 itself.

Earlier, the Medical Council of India (MCI) had expressed helplessness when the state had sought exemption from the Neet-2013 on the grounds that the issue was sub judice.

The chief minister wanted exemption from Neet, scheduled for May 12, 2013, since its introduction in the state would involve making amendments to the AP Educational Institutions Act, 1983 and Dr NTR University of Health Sciences Act, 1986 under which the state’s common Entrance Test (EAMCET) is held.

The chief minister also gave the CBSE curriculum as a reason for exemption.

He said that the state had adopted the new curriculum for Inter students from 2012- 13 and the students who joined this year would complete their intermediate courses only in April 2014.



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