Relief from NEET this year. What it means for state students

Relief from NEET this year. What it means for state students

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-05-20 14:13 Bengaluru: After the much confusion over National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), the state students can now heave a sigh of relief, albeit temporarily, as the Central government – on Friday – cleared an ordinance postponing the NEET exam by a year. However, the ordinance has come as a blessing in disguise for students taking CET exams for medical seats in government colleges and on government quota in private colleges.The Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) had conducted CET for medical and dental courses – offered in the government medical colleges and government quota seats in private medical and dental colleges – on May 4 and 5.Following the SC order last month which made NEET mandatory, it was believed that the state may be forced to take students from NEET rank list to fill these seats. However, with the ordinance, all the government and government quota seats will now be filled through the CET medical ranking.  This would also mean students seeking medical and dental seats through government CET need not appear for NEET phase 2 scheduled for July 24.Welcoming the ordinance, Lokesh Gowda, a student of government PU College in Malleswaram said students studying in state syllabus are not familiar with the NEET syllabus and it would have been tough for them to crack it. However, the ordinance has brought a temporary relief, at last for this year, he added.However, the ordinance will not help those seeking medical and dental seats in private colleges excluding government quota. With COMED-K scraping the COMED-K UGET for medical and dental courses, students seeking non-government quota medical seats in private colleges will have to appear for NEET phase 2, scheduled for July 24.Rakshita Shenoy, a student who had applied for COMED-K medical and dental UGET which was cancelled at the last minute sought to know why the state government is unfair towards COMED-K seat aspirants. “It is ready to protect the interests of CET students for a year but why no such privilege to the COMED-K seat aspirants,” she asked. "NEET phase 2 will be highly favourable to students from CBSE/ ICSE boards which also means state students who cannot secure a medical seat through government CET need to fight with students from across the country," she rued.Those seeking admissions in deemed universities have no other go but to write NEET phase 2.