The Supreme Court on Thursday paved way for National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to MBBS course across the country. The court ordered two-phase single common entrance test for MBBS, BDS and PG courses through NEET.
The first phase of NEET will be on May 1 while the second phase will be on July 24. The combined result will be declared on August 17.
Earlier, the Centre and Medical Council of India (MCI) came out with a proposal to consider the All India PMT exam in May be treated as first phase of NEET and the second phase be held on July 24.
However, the decision to hold the entrance exam through NEET was opposed by states including Tamil Nadu and Association of Karnataka Medical Colleges besides minority institutions like CMC Vellore saying it is illegal and unconstitutional.
Tamil Nadu strongly objected to NEET and said there is no culture of entrance exams in the state since 2007.
A bench of Justices AR Dave, Shiva Kirti Singh and AK Goel observed that it was running “against the time” and reserved the order.
The petition filed by NGO Sankalp Charitable Trust was listed for hearing today after it was mentioned late yesterday. On April 11, the apex court had recalled its controversial judgement scrapping single common entrance test for admission to MBBS, BDS and PG courses in all medical colleges, delivered by then Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir on the day of his retirement.
In its petition, the NGO said that the Centre, MCI and CBSE were dilly-dallying in implementing the court’s order on implementing the National Eligibility Entrance Test. It further said that in view of April 11 judgement decks were cleared for holding of Common Entrance Examination and there is no impediment in having the test for admission to Medical Colleges for current academic year 2016-17.
The petitioner claimed that according to a research conducted by the NGO it was found that as many as 90 entrance examinations are being held by private and government authorities separately which resulted in shelling out lakhs of rupees in taking the examination. “It has also been widely noticed that the examinations are not conducted in a free and fair manner and admissions are granted to chosen few,” the plea said.