The apex court yesterday quashed the plea submitted by a group of students and denied the future hearing on NEET,- the national eligibility cum entrance test for medical admissions in the country. The students were seeking stay on the first phase of the common medical entrance test NEET after the court approved the proposal submitted by Centre to consider AIPMT to be held on May 1 as first phase of NEET.
The 1st phase of NEET, which is AIPMT, is getting conducted today by CBSE. The candidates issued admit cards for the same have to sit for the exam and won’t get another chance.
The students had asked the court that they were left with not much time for preparation of the proposed entrance test. They also mentioned that since the syllabus of CBSE and other state boards vary to a greater extent, it would be impartial for state board students to compete with CBSE students in a true manner. However, the court replied sarcastically, “Nothing stops you from preparing for the exams.”
Further emphasizing that the court would not pass any further order on NEET, the Supreme Court bench said “Let the exams go on. First phase of NEET examination will be held on May 1.”
The decision announced by the apex court on April 28, giving full authority for NEET, is considered to be a big win for Medical Council of India as the authority was declined of the same three years back when few states complained about the power of MCI holding a nation-wide entrance test. Since the NEET model was designed to facilitate admissions in all medical institutions including government and private ones, it was largely opposed by state governments and private institutions, who had been conducting their own entrance tests to fill up the seats.
Despite the opposition of few states and private institutions, the Supreme Court admitted the review petition on NEET earlier this month and then finally gave the verdict to Central government for going ahead with the NEET from this academic session itself. Medical Council of India, Central Board of Secondary Education and Central government had submitted the proposed schedule for NEET 2016 sought by Supreme Court this month and the court nodded to the same, paving the way for re-entry of NEET after three years.
Following the opposition from few states, Centre had also asked the court to postpone the test on Friday, though, maintaining its stiff stance on the issue, the Court commented that it would not entertain any further plea on NEET and the test must go on as per the proposed schedule. It has been decided that the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) which is to be held on May 1, would be considered as the first phase of NEET and the second phase test would be conducted on July 24. As much as 6.5 lakh students are going to appear for AIPMT, for which the court said that 2.5 lakh students can appear for the second phase NEET exam.