UGC made the announcement in a notification dated 15 September 2016
In a notification dated 15 September 2016 the University Grants Commission (UGC) announced that that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) was mandatory for admissions to deemed medical universities in the country.
The notification stated that admissions to all medical programmes will be done on the basis of the results of the NEET. It added that NEET would be the basis for admissions to both MBBS and BDS programmes and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) which will conduct NEET will be the statutory body under the central government
UGC further stated that in case counseling for admissions is not being conducted by the state government, the institutions are advised to set up a thoroughly transparent system for admitting the students.
In the notification the apex regulatory body stated that as per "Clause: 6.3 Admission of students to an institution deemed to be university, public or private, shall be mode in the following manner: (i) ln case the appropriate statutory authority has specified the process of selection for admission to any course, or programme of study in any institution which includes conducting competitive admission test for ascertaining the competence of any person to pursue such course or programme of study, in that case, no person shall be admitted to such course or programme of study in such institution, except through an admission test conducted by a recognized body or such institution or a group of institutions if such institution or group of institutions have been so authorised by the Central Government or a State Government or any statutory authority."