The Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Monday by voice vote.
The bill grants a constitutional status to NEET and advocates putting NEET in place for admission to medical and dental courses across the nation from the year 2017.
The bill has been introduced with amendment to the Dentists Act, 1948.
In response to an argument on the bills in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Jagat Prakash Nadda stated that the whole exercise was aimed at introducing transparency in the admission process, to curb corruption, to introduce a uniform entrance examination and to stop exploitation of candidates.
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The minister also gave assurance that the bill has been framed keeping the concerns of state governments and others into account and stated that the amendments will facilitate saving the dental students from various hardships.
The minister further added that the exam is aimed to halt multiplicity of examinations stating that it free the candidates from the burden of going through many examinations.
Already passed in the Lok Sabha, the bill received almost unanimous support in the Rajya Sabha with only AIADMK opposing it.
AIADMK termed the move as arbitrary, illegal and unconstitutional.
The bill states that the entrance examination would be conducted in all the languages of the eighth schedule.