NEET 2017: Gujarat Govt says Medical admissions will be on pro-rata basis
Medical students of Gujarat Board can now breathe easy as the State government of Gujarat announced that the admissions in medical and dental colleges for 2017-18 will be given on a pro rata basis. Nevertheless, the admissions will be done based on the merit of NEET 2017. Pro rata is a term that refers to proportionate allocation and in this case, the Gujarat government has made it clear stating that the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board would be given preference and more seats than CBSE applicants from Gujarat for state level counselling and admissions.
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Gujarat Health Minister, Shankar Chaudhary stated by saying that this decision was taken after parents made several representations to the government about giving fair justice to Gujarat Board students when NEET gets implemented. Therefore, this demand by the parents has been taken in a positive way, hence retaining pro-rata for the academic year 2017-18. The Health Minister also clarified about the medical admissions in the state, saying, that students don’t have to appear for GUJCET (Gujarat Common Entrance Test) to look for admissions in medical courses in Gujarat but they are supposed to appear for NEET (National Eligibility Entrance Test). He also added that the merit of NEET UG will be considered for the admissions for the academic year 2017-18.
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Gujarat Board students used to acquire more number of seats when compared to CBSE students from the state because of the seats being allotted on a pro rata basis when it was under GUJCET. Before Supreme Court had made NEET compulsory, medical admissions in Gujarat were subject to GUJCET merit. Now, state government has decided to apply pro-rata under NEET as well.