Jammu and Kashmir News
Srinagar, May 26
After the State governments were exempted from the National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET) this year, the Minister of Science and Technology for state, Sajad Gani Lone, called a meeting with the Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) officials. The board has finally decided to hold a separate Common Entrance Test (CET) for the MBBS and BDS aspirants of the state in July.
As per the Chairman of BOPEE, Ghulam Hassan Tantray, the board decided to conduct the exam after opting out of NEET. Giving students time for preparation, the board says they will come up with the dates soon.
Uncertainty over the CET and NEET prevailed for some weeks as there was no clarity at the Central level whether the ordinance would be signed. As NEET Part-II is scheduled for July 24, officials said the CET would also be held in the same month.
The ordinance that was signed by the President on May 24 for the undergraduate courses, made an exemption for seats in government medical colleges and private institutions for this academic session. A month after the Supreme Court ordered that NEET will be held this year across the country, the Centre moved an ordinance on May 20 to stay the order and defer NEET for a year to give students more preparation time.
As per the earlier Supreme Court order, the CET in the state was held on May 14 and 15 for admission to various medical and engineering courses except MBBS and BDS.