Centre seeks modification of SC order on NEET

RSTV Bureau
File Photo: File photo of Supreme Court of India. Photo - PTI

File Photo: File photo of Supreme Court of India.
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The Centre on Friday moved Supreme Court seeking to modify its order on the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) so as to allow state governments and private colleges to hold separate entrance exams for the MBBS and BDS courses for the academic year 2016-17.

The apex court had on Thursday ruled the holding of a two-phased single common entrance test for MBBS, BDS and PG courses through National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) on May 1 and July 24.

The plea was mentioned by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi before Justices AR Dave and AK Goel. In its plea, centre cited difficulties in conducting two separate tests.

The Attorney General Rohatgi also cited confusion arising out of the ruling as a reason to modify it. He suggested scrapping the first phase of the exam scheduled on May 1, allowing the students to take the exam on the July 24.

The bench agreed to give an urgent hearing to the matter, likely to be taken up late on Friday by the same bench that passed the order yesterday.

The Supreme court had yesterday allowed the holding of NEET, a single common entrance test for admission to MBBS and BDS courses, in two phases for the academic year 2016-17. Around 6.5 lakh candidates are expected to appear for the exam.

The bench consisting of Justices AR Dave, Shiva Kirti Singh and AK Goel approved the schedule put before it by the Centre, CBSE and the Medical Council of India (MCI), treating All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) fixed for May 1 as NEET-1.

Those who had not applied for AIPMT will be given another opportunity to appear for NEET-2 on July 24. The combined result would be declared on the 17th of August, allowing the admission process to be completed by September 30th.

According to the order, all government colleges, deemed universities and private medical colleges would be covered under NEET and any examination that has already taken place would be scrapped.

The order rejected opposition from various states, including Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Association of Karnataka Medical Colleges as well as minority institutions like CMC, Vellore which opposed NEET, asserting that it cannot be imposed on them.

The government had earlier attempted to hold a single common entrance test through NEET on December 21, 2010. The Supreme Court also revived this 2010 government notification, going on to state that any challenge on the issue would directly come before it and no high court can interfere.

(With inputs from the PTI)