INDIAN EDUCATION TEAM
INDIA: The government is actively considering holding premier medical entrance National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Exam (NEET) twice a year. Though parents and students always focus on either exam conducting body National Testing Agency (NTA) or the Ministry of Education, the most important stakeholder – Ministry of Health & Family Welfare(MoHFW) – is ignored.
NEET’s syllabus and other crucial factors are under the jurisdiction of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. Without clearance and sanction of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare no changes can be made to NEET by anybody.
The National Testing Agency (NTA) comes into picture only for implementing the changes or plans approved by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
As per sources, discussions are on between NTA and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to see if NEET can be conducted twice a year. No final decision has been taken yet and hence rumours on social media must not believed.
It seems authorities are keen to implement the ‘twice a year’ format, but the massive logistical challenges involving conduct of NEET as it’s a pen-paper test. With lakhs of students appearing across the country, to do it twice is not as easy as it sounds.
As of now, few meetings between NTA and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare(MoHFW) have happened but no official announcement about the outcome has been made.
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