Wednesday, January 24, 2018

MCI bars NIOS students from attending NEET 2018; HRD ministry reverts order

NEW DELHI: The Medical Council of India (MCI) had made an announcement to debar candidates who completed their Class 12 through open and distance mode from attending National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET 2018).

The MCI, in a letter sent to the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), said that NIOS students would not be on
 a par with those from the regular mode and they would be ineligible for NEET.

The NIOS approached the HRD ministry to intervene and prevent thousands of capable students from missing the opportunity to make a career in medical field.

The HRD minister Mr. Prakash Javadekar held an important meeting on the issue on Wednesday, January 18. After the meeting, the Centre decided to revert the MCI's order to prevent NIOS students from appearing in the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) this year.

As per sources, the HRD ministry has taken the decision in favour of the students and opposed the MCI's move.

However, the official notification has not been released yet.

Every year, more than 2.5 lakh students register for NIOS. In the year 2017, nearly 3,000 students from NIOS appeared for the medical entance exam, out of which 864 even qualified the exam successfully.

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