SC gives nod to common entrance test for medical courses

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The Supreme Court on Monday setting aside its 2013 order paved the way for implementation of National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for medical courses across the country.

Earlier in 2013 the apex court quashed the common entrance test for admissions to MBBS, BDS and PG courses in all medical colleges.

While entertaining a review petition on NEET, the apex court cited that it will hear the case afresh on validity of the common entrance test. “Till the matter is decided NEET can be implemented” .

The Top Court had, in June 2013, had ordered that the Medical Council of India (MCI)’s notification for holding common entrance tests for MBBS, BDS and post-graduate medical courses as invalid. A three-judge bench by a 2:1 verdict held that the notification was against the Constitution.

The court had cited that the MCI did not have the jurisdiction to enforce common entrance test (CET) on private medical colleges and that the move could also violate constitutional guarantee to minority communities to establish and manage their own educational institutions.

MCI had opposed the verdict and had moved the court for a review. Apart from students being forced to loose their pockets for thousands on their fee for appearing in multiple exams and travel expenses, many students are robbed of the opportunity to stake admission claim to different colleges, an MCI official said.

More than 90 medical entrance tests are held across India.

Wefornews Bureau

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