SC clears common medical entrance test NEET, approves Centre’s schedule
The Supreme Court on Thursday paved the way for a common entrance test for MBBS, BDS and PG courses through the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET).
The Centre and Medical Council of India (MCI) had said the All India Pre-Medical Test for May would be treated as NEET-1 and the second phase would be treated NEET-2, which will be held on July 24. The combined result was scheduled for August 17. The SC cleared the schedule proposed by the Centre.
The NEET -- a new entrance examination -- is meant to bring all medical aspirants in the country under an umbrella test.
The decision to hold the entrance exam through NEET was earlier opposed by states including Tamil Nadu and Association of Karnataka Medical Colleges besides minority institutions like CMC Vellore saying it is illegal and unconstitutional.
On Thursday, the court was hearing a PIL filed by NGO Sankalp Charitable Trust, which has contended that as authorities were not conducting the NEET for the students across the country aspiring to join medical colleges, the private medical colleges were holding their own exams to admit the students.
On April 11, the apex court had recalled its controversial judgment scrapping the single common entrance test for admission to MBBS, BDS and PG courses in all medical colleges, delivered by then Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir on the day of his retirement.
In its petition, the NGO said that the Centre, MCI and CBSE were dilly-dallying in implementing the court’s order on implementing the National Eligibility Entrance Test.
The petitioner said that according to a research conducted by the NGO, it was found that 90 entrance examinations were being held by private and government authorities separately which resulted in shelling out lakhs of rupees in taking the examination.