The State Health minister Nitin Patel confirmed that the holding the GUJCET for the medical / dental courses admissions and decision was taken to ensure students of the state did not suffer due to delay in holding NEET.
The holding of GUJCET will not be declared until further orders by the Supreme Court, which is currently hearing multiple petitions filed against the NEET.
Nitin Patel said, "NEET will be conducted if the apex court orders Gujarat to take the exam, Meanwhile, with a view to protecting the students interest and ensuring that admission in medical and dental courses in not delayed. We've decided to conduct GUCET,"
The minister said that state also submitted an affidavit in the apex court stating that Gujarat should be allowed to give 50% weightage to the state board exams and 50% weightage to NEET scores to ensure that board exams are also due importance. Currently, it has been decided that medical admissions will be granted on the basis of NEET students required to score 50% eligibility marks for admissions.
"We have also submitted that score of NEET exam in Gujarati language should be considered when students apply for admissions in the 15% seats reserved for outstate students," Patel said.
The announcement, has come as a shocker to the students who were all preparing for the NEET. The GUJCET has come as one more burden of an exam.