The Union Government is now planning to launch an entrance exam for courses in Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (Ayush) on the lines similar to National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).
The exam for the Ayush courses would be very similar to the NEET exam which government conducts before giving admissions to the students in the study of modern medicines. Moving one step ahead, the ministry of Ayush has even sent an advisory to all the states, telling them about the new plans.
“We are also moving towards a common entrance for courses in Indian system of medicine on the lines of NEET. We have written to states to take candidates from NEET this year, if possible, but since it is too short a notice we plan to roll it out from next year,” said Ayush minister Shripad Yesso Naik.
Last year, NEET exam was mandated by the Union Health Ministry which made it an single window exams for the students to get admissions into the medicine and dental courses in the colleges of the nation. The main aim of the government behind introducing NEET exam was to improve the quality of the candidates taking admissions in various graduate and undergraduate programs.
“All colleges and institutions offering courses in the Ayush discipline will come under this new test pattern,” said Naik. The new test will even be mandatory for the private institutions.
“It will be implemented in all recognised colleges and institutions, including the private ones. “Our ministry has been focusing on the quality of AYUSH education, and we have advised state governments to closely monitor and ensure the quality of education is being imparted in AYUSH colleges. Introduction of a test on the lines of NEET is a step in that direction,” said Naik.