Exemption from NEET for Puducherry
A request was received from Government of Puducherry to exempt students of Puducherry from NEET for atleast 2 years. As per Section 10D inserted through the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Act, 2016 and Dentists (Amendment) Act, 2016, a common entrance test for admission to medical/dental courses at under graduate and post graduate level has been introduced in the country. The Government of Puducherry was informed that it is not feasible for the Ministry to exempt Puducherry from NEET for two years.
Subsequently, a Bill viz. “The Puducherry Admission to MBBS and BDS Courses Bill, 2017” has been passed by the State Legislature and has been received in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for Presidential assent. MHA had called for the comments of this Ministry.
The Ministry vide OM dated 05.04.2017 has informed MHA that the proposed Bill is in contravention to Section 10D of the IMC Act, 1956 and the Dentists Act, 1948 which prescribes for a national common entrance exam at graduate level for admission to medical/dental courses.