Parliament approves medical and dental exams through NEET

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Admissions to medical and dental courses across the country will be done through a single common entrance test from next year as the parliament has approved two significant bills providing for putting National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) in place. Approved by the Lok Sabha earlier, the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2016, were passed by the Rajya Sabha by voice vote. NEET is designed to curb corruption by bringing in transparency, checking multiplicity of exams and to stop exploitation of students in counseling. According to Health Minister JP Nadda, under the new common entrance system, exams to private colleges will also be conducted under NEET, imparting the new benefits to private institutions.