Medical aspirants from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana can write the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) test in Telugu language from next year. The NEET is mandatory for entry into medical colleges from the ensuing academic year.
In fact, the exam can be taken in eight languages — Hindi, English, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Tamil and Telugu. The decision was taken by the Central government after consultations with the State governments on the exam pattern and related aspects.
Candidates qualifying NEET will be eligible for All-India quota and other quotas under the State governments/Institutes irrespective of the medium in which exam is taken by the candidate, subject to other eligibility criteria, according to a statement issued by the Central government. According to Joint Secretary – Medical Education, A.K Singhal ‘the collaborative efforts of Central Health Ministry with the State health Ministries have lead to this decision so as to bring parity for the students who have taken the State Board exams’. “NEET and its implementation in regional languages is the outcome of the government’s commitment of bringing about transparency in medical education and removing malpractices,” the statement said.
Last year all medical aspirants were forced to take NEET along with the State Eligibility Tests (like EAMCET in Telangana and AP) with the Supreme Court directing the Central government to conduct NEET for medical seats.