NEET 2017: State Level Common counseling compulsory for UG & PG courses – NEET 2017 common medical entrance examination will be conducted by the CBSE on May 7th, 2017. But today Ministry of Health and Family Welfare came up with significant decision to conduct common counseling for admissions at the medical courses for the UG and PG courses in the country which will be directed by the respective state authorities. According to a press release by the ministry, this step has been taken to promote transparency in the admission process.
According to the amendments made in relevant regulations of Medical Council of India (MCI), the state/ Union Territory designated authority shall conduct common counseling for all medical institutions in the state whether established by the Central Government, State Government, Deemed University, University, Trust, Society, Minority Institutions, Company or Corporation.
The statement from the Ministry official also stated that with the above decision, students would not have to apply to multiple agencies in the same state.
On August 2016, the Ministry in consultation with states and stakeholders issued an advisory to conduct counseling for admission to MBBS Courses for 2016-17 sessions. As per the illustrations by the ministry, all the deemed universities of the state has been directed by the UGC to be a part of the common counseling for admission in common courses organized either by State Government or Central Government or through its agencies based on the marks scored in NEET examinations.
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Since NEET is the common and compulsory examination for the admission into medical colleges, replacing all the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) last year, legal provisions have been made for common counseling. Also, the ministry also declared that the Directorate General of Health Services & Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will continue to conduct the counseling for All India Quota seats at UG and PG levels for all medical colleges.