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Cabinet passes ordinance to defer NEET by one year
The Union Cabinet passed an ordinance today, overriding the Supreme Court's decision on National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). The ordinance said that the admission to medical courses through NEET will be deferred by a year amid protests by states.
Since the move requires the approval of President Pranab Mukherjee, government sources have been silent about it.

Last month, the Supreme Court passed a rule, stating that students across India must take just one common exam. But, following the Supreme Court order, several states including Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu opposed the implementation of a common entrance test this year.

There were mainly three objections against NEET, which are regional language issue, old syllabus and the time constrain to adapt to the new format.

The Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, wrote to Prime Minister on the same issue and urged him not to bring any ordinance against the Supreme Court ruling on NEET, saying the students had welcomed the decision.

State governments have been protesting against NEET, which was favoured by the Supreme Court because of corruption complaints in exams held by the States. Reacting to it PM Modi called the second cabinet meeting within a week to discuss the issue.

An all party-meet was held few days back, where everyone unanimously agreed to postpone NEET. The meeting was attended by the Congress, BSP, INLD, Left, PDP and other regional parties.

This decision by the cabinet was taken after medical students protested against the SC order. The medical aspirants who have prepared for the exams in their regional language, claimed that they don't have enough time to prepare in the new format.

Till now 6 lakh students have appeared for the first phase of NEET on May 1. The second phase is on July 24.

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