The Supreme Court will hear the plea challenging the Centre’s NEET ordinance, which pushed back holding the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) by a year, on July 7.
A bench headed by chief justice of India, TS Thakur on Monday said the matter will be heard by the same bench which had previously passed an order deferring the examination.
The petitioners had challenged the NEET ordinance, which exempts government colleges and government seats in private colleges from the ambit of NEET this year.
The Dental Council of India followed suit and published similar notifications bringing the BDS and MDS courses under the ambit of NEET.
Subsequently, a number of minority institutions, including the Christian Medical College Vellore, challenged the notifications as unconstitutional. Represented by senior counsel including Harish Salve, Rajiv Dhawan, K Parasaran, KK Venugopal, and R Venkataramani, their contention was that the amendments “stifled and stultified” the fundamental rights of minority unaided institutions
The Centre’s decision was in violation of Section 14 (right to equality) and Section 21 (right to life) in terms of its arbitrary character and with regards to the students who would suffer irreparably because of the constantly changing stand by the Centre, the petition stated.