Prez seeks legal advice on ordinance on medical entrance exam

NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee has sought legal advice on the ordinance to keep state boards out of the ambit of uniform medical entrance examination, NEET, for this year.

The President is seeking clarification on the ordinance, official sources said today, adding he is consulting in house legal experts on certain questions.

The ordinance, cleared by the Union Cabinet on Friday, is aimed at “partially” overturning a Supreme Court verdict which said all Government colleges, deemed universities and private medical colleges would be covered under NEET.

Clarifying that the exemption is only for the State Government seats, Government sources had said that state seats which are earmarked in the private medical colleges have also been exempted.

Different states earmark anything between 12-15 per cent seats in various private medical colleges for state quota so that students from one state can get seat in another state. (AGENCIES)