The Veterinary council of India (VCI) has decided to scrap the All India Pre-veterinary Test (AIPVT) 2017 and has said that the admissions to the veterinary courses under it’s administration will now be facilitated through National Eligibility Test (NEET) 2017. The council signed the press note on 20th February and put it up online at it’s website (www.vci.nic.in) on February 25th.
AIPVT was held until 2016 for admission to 15 percent of all India quota seats in the veterinary colleges and the rest of the seats were under the states’ control. A total of 424 seats were offered under this 15% of All India quota through AIPVT.
So now VCI has also opted NEET, replacing AIPVT to admit students to the B.V.Sc & A.H. courses in 41 of the colleges listed. Notably, the council has not cancelled the AIPVT altogether and as far as the notice goes, the decision applied for 2017-18 admissions only.
What it means:
For the students aspiring to pursue veterinary courses, they now would have to appear for the NEET UG 2017 which is scheduled to be conducted on 7th May, 2017. The process to submit online applications for NEET 2017 is currently underway but will end on 1st March, 2017.
As to why VCI has decided to go with NEET for admission to the veterinary courses, it has cited the reasons as ‘administrative’. Nonetheless, it’s a good move but has come around a bit late since there are only 4 days left for the students to register for NEET 2017. However, considering the issue, CBSE may extend the last date to apply for NEET. Nearly 70 thousand students used to take AIPVT each year. In 2016, a total of 72,534 candidates had appeared for the All India Pre-veterinary Test (AIPVT) which was held on 14th May.
Still, the candidates need to go ahead and register for NEET UG 2017 at the earliest. The official website for all things related to NEET UG 2017 is www.cbseneet.nic.in. Note that, CBSE has made Aadhaar card mandatory to appear for NEET UG 2017. Students are advised to read the information brochure for NEET 2017 before proceeding to register.
Who will conduct the counselling?
While NEET 2017 will be organised and conducted by CBSE, the counselling to the 15% all India quota veterinary seats will still be organised by VCI, as per the official notice.
Wondering how would it work? It’s simple actually.
You will have to take NEET UG 2017 now and the result, merit/ranks obtained in NEET 2017 will be considered for counselling of veterinary courses. VCI has clearly stated it’s position on the matter but how would the states go, that’s unclear as of yet.
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