Medical tests held by states, private colleges nullified: SC
All Admissions To Be Done This Yr Through NEET
All admissions to MBBS,BDS courses in government and private medical colleges or in deemed universities will be done this year only on the basis of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test, the Supreme Court said on Monday, ending the confusion over the validity of exams conducted by states and private institutions.
A bench of Justices A R Da ve, Shiva Kirti Singh and A K Goel said NEET does not infringe upon the rights of state governments or private institutions and the single-window test must be applied from the cu rrent academic year itself.The bench also asked the three-member high-powered oversight committee, headed by former Chief Justice R M Lodha, to oversee NEET-II. Several states, universitind private colleges condu es and private colleges conducted tests during the last fortnight when the SC was hearing their pleas to allow them to admit students on the basis of the tests, but Monday’s order nullifies them. Now they must admit students on the basis of their performance in NEET.
Though NEET-II is slated for July 24, the SC allowed CBSE and the Centre to reschedule the test if they faced difficulty due to logistical issues.
The bench also said students who had taken NEET-I would be allowed to take the second phase of the test, but their marks in previous test would stand scrapped. However, examinations conducted by AIIMS and PGIMER for their MBBS seats would go on as they are regulated by central legislation. “Prima facie, we do not find any infirmity in the NEET regulation on the grounds that it affects the rights of the states or private institutions. Special provisions for reservation of any category are not subject matter of NEET nor rights of minorities are in any manner affected by NEET. It only provides for conducting entrance test for eligibility for admission to MBBS BDS courses,“ the bench said.
The top court refused to modify its April 28 order which directed the implementation of NEET for the 2016-17 academic year itself and dismissed the pleas filed by various state governments and private institutions. It said that NEET only provides for conducting entrance tests, it also did not violate special provisions on reservation in colleges and rights of minority institutions.
In a relief to students who did not take the first phase of NEET seriously as they were more focused on state exams, the court granted them another opportunity to have a crack at the test.
“To allay any such appre hension, we direct that all such eligible candidates who could not appear in NEET-I and those who had appeared but have apprehensions that they had not prepared well, be permitted to appear in NEET-II, subject to seeking an option from the said candidates to give up their candidature for NEET-I,“ it said.