The debate over NEET 2016 and CETs leaves medical aspirants edged out

neet 2016 examAmid all of the controversial row going on about NEET 2016 and CETs, it’s medical aspirants of the country who are left in a state of disarray not knowing what the hell to do. A hearing now and then, a statement this month or past, it’s getting hard to keep track of the status on medical admissions, so the few displeased aspirants have told ExamsWatch.

The Supreme court showed its contempt over the decision of the NDA government’s ordinance on NEET (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test). Supreme court remarks this center’s move as quite disturbing and without taste. The NDA government issued an ordinance in against of what supreme court intended.The NEET controversy started from 2012, from then it went under various consideration. On 28 April, this year the apex court gave permission to conduct a single common medical entrance test. In the first phase of NEET, at least six lakh students appeared for the examination. And, on may 9, the supreme court quashed the plea filed by the state governments and minority institutions to allow them to conduct separate exam for MBBS and BDS.

The NEET controversy started from 2012, from then it went under various consideration. On 28 April, this year the apex court gave permission to conduct a single common medical entrance test. In the first phase of NEET, at least six lakh students appeared for the examination. And, on may 9, the supreme court quashed the plea filed by the state governments and minority institutions to allow them to conduct separate exam for MBBS and BDS. But, the twist came later when the government allowed the state government to conduct their entrance and told them to keep their exam out of the field of the common test.

But, the twist came later when the government allowed the state government to conduct their entrance and told them to keep their exam out of the field of the common test. However, the Supreme court didn’t make any interference into this ordinance. Keeping the convenience of the students in the mind, the apex court said that many students have already appeared for the entrance test in various state and it would be unhealthy to promulgate or revise any ordinance regarding this in the current year.

As has been reported, 4.7 lakh aspirants have applied for phase II exam of NEET 2016, totaling to around 7.5 lakh including phase I.

However, the Supreme court didn’t make any interference into this ordinance. Keeping the convenience of the students in the mind, the apex court said that many students have already appeared for the entrance test in various state and it would be unhealthy to promulgate or revise any ordinance regarding this in the current year. The bench of three justices, namely Anil R. Dave, S.K. Singh, and A.K. Goel was hearing petitions filed by Anand Rai and Sankalp Charitable Trust.

Addressing Attorney-General Mukul Rohatagi, representative of Centre, Justice Dave said, “Your move to bring this ordinance despite our order was not proper. It was unwarranted. It should not have happened. When the court said no to State exam, you disregard us and issue an ordinance for State exams. Did you not think about the confusion it would cause to the children? After all, these are our children”.For now, this year NEET would not be mandatory for all medical and dental colleges. However, the state college can show their interest in NEET and participate in it. The second phase of NEET will be held on July 24 this year.

Following the row over NEET, the PMET aspirants in the state of Punjab are left bewildered as BFUHS has not commenced the counselling for admissions this year, citing NEET itself as a cause to delay.

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