CBSE has decided to go ahead with its decision to conduct AIPMT (All-India Pre-Medical test) on May 1 for undergraduate medical admissions this year. However, leaving students in the fray is the government which is still undecided whether to hold the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for undergraduate medical admissions this year.
It has been reported that health ministry is hit by a bottleneck holding challenges of infrastructure and logistics to conduct the NEET-UG 2016; even though it is believed to be keen on holding the test.
A source implied that the possibilities to conduct NEET-UG 2016 at present are remote. The ministry is now in talks with the CBSE for central admission tests, whether to hold it this year as per the direction of the apex court.
In the meantime CBSE has considered its options and informed the ministry on going ahead with NEET-UG 2016.
HRD Ministry sources however have implied that it is too short a time to hold an all-India test as 29 states are involved in the matter. There is an additional challenge for conducting NEET in vernacular languages for the students to take the test. Many states are also reported to have either concluded their medical entrance exam processes or are in the process of conducting them.
Tribune reported “As of date, we are geared up for the May 1 AIPMT for which all preparations have been made. We have given a written undertaking to the Supreme Court that AIPMT results would be declared by June 5. AIPMT admit cards have been uploaded on the website for download,” an official said.
“To cancel these exams and call fresh applications is a huge issue. Also, every student who has taken these exams has paid application fee. Refund is an issue. Moreover, AIPMT is only nine days away now and 6.6 lakh students have applied. As of now, we are going ahead with AIPMT on May 1,” a CBSE official said.
Health Ministry officials, however, spoke in contradictory terms. “We are keen on conducting NEET-UG 2016 and are discussing with the CBSE as to whether it can be done although chances look slim,” a source said.