From the academic session 2018, the admission to various AYUSH courses will be done through NEET. The decision was taken to standardise the admission procedure and attract meritorious students to the AYUSH stream.
From the academic session 2018, the admission to various AYUSH (ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, unani, siddha and homoeopathy) courses will be done through the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). The Ministry of AYUSH has sent advisories to all state governments in this regard.
Reason behind the decision
The decision was taken to standardise the admission procedure and attract meritorious students to the AYUSH stream.
“The demand for ayurveda, homoeopathy, naturopathy and unani medicines and yoga have increased worldwide and the number of students pursuing such courses have also risen. So there is a need to maintain standard of education in this stream,” Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik said.
(Read: CBSE NET 2017 form release gets delayed: Likely to be out by June 20)
No more private examination
He said that after NEET is introduced, no more private examinations would be conducted to fill seats in any of the AYUSH colleges.
Number of people practicing yoga increased
Ahead of International Day of Yoga (IDY) celebrations on June 21, Naik said data showed that there had been a 30 per cent increase in the number of people practicing yoga in the last two years. He said that the government would dedicate 100 parks for yoga activities across the country to promote this traditional practice. These parks will be managed by yoga or other organisations voluntarily.
A group of secretaries in a recent meeting had also suggested to the prime minister that the Medical Council of India re-frame curricula in order to incorporate elements of AYUSH into allopathy and vice versa.[Source”pcworld”]