New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas on Monday urged Union Health Minister J P Nadda to lower the cut-off score in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET 2017) exam to facilitate qualification of more students from the state.
At a meeting with Nadda, Srinivas said the reduction in the cut-off marks would help more students qualify for courses under the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, according to PTI.
"The Union minister accepted my request in principle and assured a positive outcome. The move would help fill up vacant seats, including in non-clinical courses, in government colleges," Srinivas said.
Srinivas also requested a NEET exam centre in Tirupati to facilitate students in Rayalaseema region.
"We have centres in Vijayawada and Vizag. We have requested another centre in Tirupati to help students from Rayalaseema region," he said.
Srinivas also urged Nadda to hasten the process of setting up AIIMS at Mangalagiri.
"Apart from AIIMS, 3 more super speciality blocks in existing district medical college hospitals were requested.
The state government will be submitting a priority list of three locations for setting up the blocks after a meeting with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu," he said.
A trauma centre in Nellore, virology lab in Guntur, second tranche of funds for strengthening medical colleges were part of the wishlist from the state.
Later, the state minister also met Union Environment Minister Anil Dave to discuss the Kolleru issue.
The Health Ministry had in December declared that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission in medical colleges will be held in eight languages - Hindi, English, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu- for the academic year 2017-18.
Later on, Odia and Kannada were added in the list after Karnataka and Orissa governments picked up the issue and sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention for inclusion of their language in conducting NEET 2017.
Though an official confirmation is still awaited, NEET 2017 is expected to be held in May, 2017.
The candidate qualifying NEET will be eligible for all India quota and other quotas under the State governments and Institutes irrespective of the medium taken by candidates, subject to other eligibility criteria.
NEET has replaced AIPMT and has been made mandatory for admissions in all-India medical/dental colleges which means no other state can conduct its separate medical entrance.