Supreme Court has paved the way for implementation of National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for medical courses across India
The Supreme Court of India flagged-off the proposal for the common entrance examination for medical colleges, i. e. National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) of Medical Council of India (MCI). SC has set aside the previous orders issued by the court in 2013 according to which the common entrance test for admission to undergraduate and post-graduate medical courses such as MBBS, BDS etc.in all medical colleges was cancelled.
A constitution bench of five judges headed by Justice AR Dave recalled the previous orders for fresh hearing of the matter. The court said, "Till the matter is decided, NEET can be implemented.”
As per the orders issued in 2013, private medical colleges were exempted from giving admissions to students in medical courses through NEET. On the other hand, it was in the same year, the move taken by MCI of passing a regulation seeking to the introduction of NEET for medical seats were opposed by several state governments and the issue was taken to the Supreme Court.
According to MCI, there are more than 90 medical entrance tests conducted annually to grant admission to MBBS courses for around 300 medical colleges across the country. The students will not have to take several tests and pay huge captivation fee towards filing their applications for these multiple exams.
The Vice-President of MCI, Prof. Dr. C. V. Bhirmanandham said that the verdict of the Supreme Court is positive. Now the admissions will be based on merit basis and reservation policy of the central government will be strictly followed.