Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 4:

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today wrote to Union Health and Family Welfare minister JP Nadda seeking his personal intervention in the matter for removing restriction pertaining to the number of attempts through NEET-UG in the larger interest of the student community.

“It is a matter of concern that a restriction has been imposed on number of attempts which a candidate can avail to appear in the NEET-UG examination. The number of attempts has been limited to three uniformly for all the candidates. It is surprising to note that before taking such an important decision, which will decide the future of a large number of students, the views of the state government have not been sought for,” Chief Minster Naveen Patnaik in his letter to Union Health and Family Welfare Minister JP Nadda.

He further pointed out that such a restriction imposed on the eligibility criteria for seeking admission to pursue higher education through competitive examination undermines the right of the student community, especially those belonging to the weaker sections of the society. Such a restriction will deprive a huge number of students form pursuing medical/dental courses leading to widespread resentment amongst them, he added.

Patnaik also thanked Nadda for including Odia as a medium of examination in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (UG) from the academic session, 2017-18.