The Supreme Court put an hold to the confusion among students across the country. The apex court today ruled that states can not hold the common entrance test they used to conduct for medical admissions. However, three-judge bench led by Justice Anil R Dave also modified its earlier verdict and allowed those students to reappear in the NEET-II who have already taken the NEET-I on May 1.
The apex court said those students who appeared in NEET-I but have concern that they had not prepared well, can take the test again on July 24. The court also put a condition on the re-appearing, it said, those students who have taken NEET-I can appear in NEET-II, given condition that they give up their candidature for NEET-I. Details about the procedure would follow in few days on the official web portal of NEET.
Several states, including Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Assam had argued that they should be exempted from NEET, at least for this year since students have prepared for the respective states’ common entrance test (CET) and the syllabus change would affect their results. However, the apex court refuted to make any amendment in its earlier verdict and said all other entrance exams for medical admissions stand scrapped and the admissions in all medical institutions (Government/Private/Deemed Universities) would be done through NEET only.
States and private institutions had argued before the court that NEET conflicts with their rights of regulating education while minority institutes and states with special category status also criticized that they should be exempted from NEET considering their special status. However, the bench comprising Justices Anil R Dave, Shiva Kirti Singh and Adarsh Kumar Goel said both Centre and states frame their laws for education reforms and the states’ law is overruled when Centre brings any modification, such as in NEET case.
The bench said, “Prima facie, we do not find any infirmity in the NEET regulation on the ground that it affects the rights of the states or the private institutions. Special provisions for reservation of any category are not subject matter of the NEET nor rights of minority are in any manner affected by NEET. NEET only provides for conducting entrance test for eligibility for admission to the MBBS/BDS course. We thus, do not find any merit in the applications seeking modification of order dated April 28, 2016.”
NEET-I (AIPMT) has been conducted on May 1 in which over 6.5 lakh students appeared. The second phase of NEET is proposed to be conducted on June 24, but the court added the Central government, CBSE amd MCI may change the date, if required. The results of both phases would be announced on August 17 while the admission process across all institutions would be completed by September 30.