Students applying for undergraduate courses in Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) systems will now be required to take the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission. “We started selection through NEET for our postgraduate courses last year. From the coming academic session, however, we will have NEET for undergraduate courses too,” said Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, secretary, ministry of Ayush.
The Ministry of AYUSH has sent advisories to all state governments in this regard. “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.
Presently 36,000 seats are available under the Ayush system for various undergraduate courses, for which state universities conduct entrance examination individually. “We want to bring it under one roof to maintain quality of students,” Kotecha said.