NEET: No decision yet on distance-mode students
With barely two days left for the registration of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to medical colleges, there has been no decision on whether students who completed Class 12 on distance mode will be allowed to sit for the exam and the government is now seeking suggestions from Law Ministry experts on this.
The Medical Council of India (MCI) had sometime back barred students who pursued school education through distance mode from National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and other state boards from taking NEET.
After the decision, a meeting between HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and Minister of Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda was held on January 16 to resolve the issue. In the meeting, both ministers agreed that students should be allowed to take the exam and MCI must re-consider.
“If a student pursues education through distance mode after Class 12, he/she can be stopped from taking the exam but not on the basis of Class 12. Students who are registered with NIOS also go through the same scrutiny and checks as regular students. They should be allowed to take the exam,” an official from NIOS said.