Verdict on NEET won’t hurt Kerala

Kochi: The state government will stick to the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to MBBS/BDS seats in government medical colleges and the 50 per cent government quota seats in private medical colleges. Hence, the Supreme Court interim verdict on NEET on Monday will not upset Kerala's plans vis-a-vis medical admission.
For admission to medical allied courses including  ayurveda, veterinary sciences, agriculture and homoeopathy, the state had conducted another entrance and will be proceeding with admissions on the basis of its rank list.
Commissioner of Entrance Examination, B.S. Mavoji on Monday said there were remote chances of the state making alterations in its plan though the Supreme Court had allowed it. “There is hardly any time left for amending the prospectus and conducting another entrance”, he said.
The private medical colleges are charting out different courses. The four medical colleges under the Inter-Church Council will go ahead with admissions from NEET to their 100 per cent seats, said a spokesman.
The eight medical colleges under the Kerala Private Medical College Management Association will conduct their own entrance tests for admission to 35 per cent management quota seats whereas 15 per cent seats belong to the NRI quota, admissions to which are made without entrance tests.
Admissions to 85 per cent seats in two other co-operative medical colleges, Kochi and Pariyaram, will be made from NEET while 15 per cent seats are NRI seats.The fate of admissions to two other private medical colleges, Karuna-Palakkad and Kannur, which had walked out of the KPMCMA, is yet to be known.

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