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‘No proposal to merge NEET, JEE with CUET,’ says Education Minister

While interacting with students studying at coaching institutes in Kota, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said there is no proposal to merge NEET medical entrance exam and JEE technical entrance exam with CUET.

Last month, UGC chairman M Jagadesh Kumar said there are plans to merge the technical and medical entrances at the national level with the Common University Entrance Test (CUET-UG) from the next academic year, where UGC will form a committee of experts to explore ways to do it.

UGC chairman said bringing JEE (Main) and NEET under the larger umbrella of CUET will reduce the burden on students, adding that the idea is in line with the National Education Policy, 2020. JEE (Main) is the entrance exam for admission into leading technical institutes in the country and NEET is the admission test for all undergraduate medical programs.

Meanwhile, the Director General of the National Testing Agency (NTA) Vineet Joshi said such a procedure could be implemented, but it would take the right kind of research and responses from the stakeholders, especially the students who will take the entrance examination and their parents.

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