In a strict direction to the State Government of Uttar Pradesh, the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court has instructed to admit students to AYUSH Undergraduate courses through state-level Common Entrance Test and not through National-level NEET UG exam. On July 10, the State government had issued an order as per which the admissions to AYUSH courses in different colleges of State in the academic session 2017-18 were decided to be done through merit list prepared on the basis of NEET UG exam.
A petition against the State government’s order was moved in the High Court by Amit Kumar and others through advocate Rajat Rajan Singh. The petitioners recalled that when the notification of National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET UG 2017) was rolled out, it was not mentioned that AYUSH admissions will also be done through the test. They argued the advertisement of NEET specifically mentioned that it is for admission in Allopathic streams, it was not mentioned in it that AYUSH admissions will also be on the basis of NEET.
Central Government had, on April 26, 2017, passed an order as per which it was directed that AYUSH admissions will be made from NEET list from the academic session 2018-19. The order also mentioned that if not possible for the session 2017-18, the State government may take admission through a Common Entrance Test. During the proceedings, the State government said that it wanted to admit eligible students to AYUSH courses and hence it was decided that admissions will be done on the basis of NEET. In response to the statement, the Court questioned whether the government was not able to find eligible students through its own entrance test.
After hearing the arguments, the Court observed that many students might not have applied for NEET as they were not in knowledge that the admissions to AYUSH courses will be made through it and the students were not informed about this before inviting the applications for NEET.
The bench observed, “The state government has chosen to make admission to these courses on the basis of NEET which has taken many students desirous of taking admission to AYUSH undergraduate courses by surprise. Prima facie, the decision of the state government appears to be not founded on any reasonable ground or rationale.”
The Court has directed the State government to conduct a Common Entrance Test for admission to Ayush courses and complete the admission process by September 30, 2017. AYUSH courses comprise of Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy. Last year, Combined Pre-Ayush Test was conducted by Medical Education Department in September four admission to Ayush courses. There are around 2 thousand seats in Ayurveda, 600 seats in Unani and around 550 seats in Homoeopathy courses.