From the academic session 2017 onwards, National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for medical institutes will be held in regional languages, as per the assurance given by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development. The decision will be officially declared by the ministry within a week, most probably after the upcoming annual meeting of CABE to be held on October 25, 2016.
In May 2016, the Supreme Court announced that it will consider Centre’s plea seeking permission to hold the entrance examination for MBBS and BDS for the academic year 2016-17 in six vernacular languages which included Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Assamese, Bengali and Gujarati.
As per the Supreme Court’s verdict, NEET was made mandatory for all states. The same was opposed by several states citing that the decision to conduct NEET in English only would not be favourable to rural students. Earlier on April 28, 2016 the Supreme Court cleared the path for holding of NEET in two phases for the academic year 2016-17.
This news has been un-officially announced by Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama during a programme organised in Gandhinagar for the release of a question bank prepared by the Gujarat State School Textbook Board (GSSTB) for science stream — including chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics.
The question bank for students was made after the Supreme Court’s decision on verdict on NEET, making it mandatory for all states. This is for the first time that such an exhaustive supplementary material is prepared for students appearing for competitive exams, like JEE/NEET/GUJCET/AIPMT/AIIMS. The 47-years old GSSTB has plans to translate the question bank into English soon. However, the Gujarat government had sought a month’s time to revert with the state’s inputs on this decision. A special meeting was also called by the minister in Gandhinagar of all District Education Officers (DEOs) and District Primary Education Officers (DPEOs) after the question bank release function on Thursday.
There is highest possibility that this exam will be conducted in Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Assamese, Bengali and Gujarati from next year.