NEET 2018 News update: NIOS, Open School students eligible to apply for exam, MCI asked to reverse order
NEET 2018 News update: NIOS, Open School students eligible to apply for exam, MCI asked to reverse order, New Delhi: Bringing a sigh of relief to thousands of NIOS and other open school students, Health Ministry has yesterday reversed the Medical Council of India, MCI’s order barring these students from NEET 2018 examination following MHRD intervention. The report published in The New Indian Express, confirms the Health Ministry’s decision to reverse the barring order and allow the NIOS and other open school students to appear in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, NEET 2018. Official notification of the same is awaited.
MCI, in its letter dated August 9, had released an order that made students studying in open schools ineligible for NEET 2018 examination. The decision had an instantaneous response from the students and National Institute of Open Schooling, NIOS had sought intervention from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, MHRD. New Indian Express reports that MHRD, in turn, spoke with the Health Ministry to accordingly direct MCI into reversing the order as it was against the centre’s policy of equal learning and career opportunities for all students – irrespective.
HRD Official, in conversation with the website mentioned, states, “On many occasions, when students fail the Class XII boards or get compartmental in one or more subjects, they choose an open school to clear their boards. It won’t be justified if they are denied the opportunity to take the NEET.” Related News | NEET 2018 exam on May 6, online application soon; check details, complete syllabus here
The letter of MCI issued last year states, “…the Council Office has got the matter legally examined as regards the issuance of Eligibility Certificate in respect of the applicants who have passed +2 from NIOS and are desirous of taking admission in MBBS or equivalent medical course in a medical University outside the country and it has been advised that any candidate who has not undergone classroom training in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English, simultaneous and co-terminus including taking practical examination in class 11th and 12 , is not eligible for grant of Eligibility Certificate for the purpose of seeking admission in primary medicine course in a foreign medical institute and therefore also ineligible to appear in the Screening Test for obtaining registration to practice medicine in the country.”
The rule extended to students who were currently appearing for their Class 12 board examinations from State Open schooling boards as well as national open schools. Following the order, concerned parents and students had spoken about the same, leading to NIOS’s action. Last year, thousands of NIOS students had appeared in NEET 2017.