Barring MBBS & BDS, BOPEE to Conduct Other Exams

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE) will conduct all the entrance exams for different courses as per schedule, except for MBBS, BDS and MD courses, the board chairman said.
“Except for MBBS, BDS and MD, we will conduct all other exams like BUMS, exams for engineering courses, BED, MED etc. as per schedule,” BOPEE chairman GH Tantray said.
“MBBS, BDS and MD entrance tests will be conducted as per Supreme Court guidelines in NEET,” Tantray said.
For the state, Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE) was conducting entrance tests for all the medical courses for the students, and the tests were usually held in the June and July.
The medical courses aspirants from the state are confused about common entrance tests following the Supreme Court orders to the states to hold the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test.
The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) would be the only test for admission to medical courses in India, turning down an appeal by many states, including Jammu and Kashmir, to hold separate medical entrance exams.
“We do not find any infirmity in the NEET regulation on the ground that it affects the rights of the States or the private institutions,” the court said on Monday. “Only NEET would enable students to get admission to MBBS or BDS studies.”
The court, however, clarified that students who appeared in NEET-1 May 1 can be permitted to appear for NEET-2, but they will have to forego the results of NEET-1.
The NEET-1 was meant for those who had applied for the All India Pre-Medical Test or AIPMT. Those who hadn’t applied for it, were allowed to sit for the second phase of the NEET exam on July 24. The results are expected to be out latest by August 17.
The court directed Central Board of School Examination to hold the entrance that will be overseen by a committee appointed.
Notably, J&K’s standing counsel in Supreme Court Sunil Fernandes, however, had told a Srinagar based newspaper that “all the seats from J&K shall stand reserved for the state subjects”.
“It means that only state subjects can apply for the examinations to different medical courses conducted by the NEET. In other words only examination conducting body would change from BOPEE to NEET,” Fernandes said.
He further said the merit list for J&K would be prepared by the NEET and the counselling would be done by the BOPEE. KNS

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