NEET 2017: NEET Score mandatory for admissions to private medical colleges in Kerala – It was on Tuesday, 11th April Kerala government introduced an ordinance to make the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) mandatory for admissions to private medical colleges in the state. The NEET 2017 UG examination will be conducted on May 7, 2017, and those who are appearing for the exam are required to note that the admissions to the government and private medical colleges in Kerala will be based on merit and on the basis of NEET ranking.
Kerala Chief Minister Mr.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.
The admissions for MBBS and BDS courses would be solely from the NEET list and the aspirants need to note that for other medical and Para-medical courses, the government entrance test would be the criteria for medical admissions. Also, a special cabinet meeting was held which promulgated the ordinance and also received the government’s approval.
To regulate the admission process in government and private colleges, an Admission and Fee regulatory committee will be constituted 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 the press release; the committee will also constitute the representatives from the government as well as the Medical council of India. The committee will decide the fee structure on the basis of the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court.
Supreme Court had earlier stated that there should be standardization of fees structure. Also, several discussions were held between all the political parties in the state and the private medical college managements before introducing and passing the ordinance.