State medical aspirants may be hit as SC insists on NEET from this year
New DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday told the government that multiple medical entrance tests must give way to the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) from the 2016-17 session itself.
Advocate Amit Kumar, appearing for the petitioner NGO Sankalp Charitable Trust, told a SC bench of Justices A R Dave, Shiva Kirti Singh and A K Goel that the Centre, MCI and CBSE were dilly-dallying in implementing the court's order on implementing the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), compelling students to appear in as many as 90 entrance exams across the country for admission.
"A student seeking admission in a medical college has to shell out lakhs of rupees in taking an examination and most of the tests are not conducted in a fair manner. There is no impediment in way of implementing NEET after the Constitution bench verdict and the Centre should be directed to enforce the order in association with MCI and CBSE," Kumar told the bench.
The bench agreed with his contention and said NEET must be implemented from the coming academic session itself. It directed the Centre, MCI and CBSE to sit together and frame a time-schedule for conducting NEET. It directed them to place before it by Thursday a dateline for the common entrance test. The counsel appearing for the government, MCI and CBSE told the bench that there were "willing and committed" to hold NEET for 2016-17 and agreed to place the proposed time-schedule on Thursday.
The Constitution bench had said that the controversial judgement of July 2013 by which NEET was quashed needed reconsideration as the "majority verdict" delivered by then CJI Altamas Kabir did not take into "consideration some binding precedents and more particularly, we find that there was no discussion among the members of the bench before pronouncement of the judgement".
Lakhs of students appear for various medical entrance examinations in more than 400 colleges and there are more than 52,000 seats available for MBBS courses. After the scrapping of NEET, states and private colleges have been conducting exams separately for the last three years.