As Dharmendra Pradhan was inducted as India's new Education Minister, many students took to Twitter to urge the new minister to provide clarity with regard to the dates for the NEET UG exam as soon as possible.
While the dates of the Joint Entrance Exams (JEE Mains) 2021 were announced earlier this week by then Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank', the exam schedule for NEET was kept in abeyance.
NEET UG 2021 is slated to be held on August 1, however, the application forms for the exam are yet to be released.
The NTA holds the NEET exam for admissions to MBBS, BDS, AYUSH, Veterinary, and other medical/paramedical courses in India. It is the only entrance test for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in the country.
The Joint Entrance Exams (JEE Mains) 2021 will be conducted from July 20 to 25 and from July 27 to August 2. The third edition of the exam will be conducted from July 20-25 while the fourth will be held from July 27 to August 2.
The dates for the Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) conducted for admissions to various Integrated/Under-Graduate, Post Graduate and Research Programmes in several Central Universities and State Universities of India have also not been released yet.
Delhi University's acting vice-chancellor PC Joshi submitted a report to the Education Ministry on the implementation of the CUCET exam this year.
The ministry has to take a call on whether it has to implement it or not and it will depend on the assessment of the COVID situation, he told PTI
He further added that if CUCET will be held, it will be considered for admissions. “If it is held we will take it as merit. If CUCET does not happen this year like the board exams, we will take the board exam evaluation. The various boards will definitely choose some mature method of evaluation. On the basis of those, we will prepare our merit list accordingly," he said.
(With inputs from agencies)