SC refuses to entertain plea against Centre’s ordinance on NEET

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a petition against the Centre’s ordinance allowing states to continue with examination for admissions in MBBS and BDS courses.

Denying urgent hearing in the matter, the apex court asked for listing of the petition on opening of courts after summer vacations.

The apex court said that there should be certainty for students about holding of exams.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the Supreme Court that there was no need of any intervention at this stage, adding arrangements were made only for the states having concerns on the format and language of the exam.

The petition, which was filed by social activist Anand Rai, challenged the validity of the ordinance allowing states to conduct their own medical entrance examinations this year.

The petition alleged that the ordinance frustrated the apex court’s order directing implementation of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) from the current academic year and pleaded for immediate stay on the executive order.

The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016, and the Dentists (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016, have been promulgated to provide for a uniform entrance examination for Undergraduate and Post-Graduate admissions with a provision that for UG admission for 2016-17 only, the state government seats (both in government and private medical colleges) shall be exempt from the purview of the NEET regulations if the state government so opts.

The NEET is being implemented from the current year itself for all the UG admissions in all private institution in respect of their seats.

The first phase has been conducted on May 1 and the second phase is to be held on July 24.

Only state government seats in government medical colleges and state government seats in private institutions will have exemption for the current year.

Six states and one Union Territory are already participating in the NEET this year and the ordinances will allow them as well as any other state which so opts to fill up their state government seats from NEET for 2016-17 UG admissions. (ANI)