NEET UG to be conducted in 8 languages
NEET qualifiers will be eligible for all India quota and other quotas under the state governments and institutes irrespective of the medium taken by them.
Candidates who wish to give the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission in medical colleges will now be able to do so in any of these eight languages- Hindi, English, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu.
Also, the candidates qualifying NEET will be eligible for all India quota and other quotas under the state governments and institutes irrespective of the medium taken by candidates, subject to other eligibility criteria, the Union health ministry said in a statement.
In May this year, Union health minister JP Nadda had held a meeting with the health ministers and health secretaries of 18 states/Union Territories towards implementation of NEET across states.
"NEET and its implementation in regional languages is the outcome of the government's commitment of bringing about transparency in medical education and removing malpractices," a statement read.
In a written reply to the Lok Sabha on December 9, Union Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel said Section 10 D of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, prescribes conducting a uniform entrance exam in Hindi and English and other languages.
The move is expected to be received optimistically as a lot of students belong to regional medium schools. Language should not be a barrier in education and the move by CBSE could be a reason why students will be able to pursue their dreams of succeeding in the medical professions irrespective of their language.