State govt to hold GUJCET exams for medical admissions

State Health Minister Nitin Patel on Friday announced that Gujarat Common Entrance Test (GUJCET) would be held for admissions to MBBS/BDS courses in state's medical and dental colleges if there was any delay in holding NEET(national eligibility-cum-entrance test) for medical admissions across India.

In a statement, Patel said the decision was taken to ensure students of the state did not suffer due to delay in holding NEET.

The move to hold a common entrance test for admission to medical and dental colleges with from academic year 2013-14 across the country was initiated by Medical Council of India.

However, several state governments, including Gujarat, filed writ petitions against the move.

The Gujarat government, among other things, demanded that NEET examinations be also held in Gujarati, besides English and Hindi. The government took the plea that students from Gujarat would be put to severe disadvantage if they were not allowed to take examinations in Gujarati.

All these writ petitions are pending for adjudication before the Supreme Court.

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