Supreme Court Interim Order on NEET PG
New Delhi: Supreme Court gave permission to private colleges, universities and state governments to conduct their own entrance examination for admission into post graduate medical courses. Supreme Court ordered that the results should not be announced until receiving next orders from the Supreme Court. The three member bench who investigated the case said the above on 13th December, 2012. Supreme Court will take up the NEET case from 15th to 17th January, 2012 again.
Medical Council of India recently issued notification for conduction national eligibility entrance test, NEET for the year 2013-14. Post graduate courses entrance test was recently conducted and entrance test for undergraduate courses is going to be conducted soon.
Many of the states opposed NEET for post graduate medical admissions as private colleges and universities will not be able to conduct their own entrance exams. Various states including Andhra Pradesh approached Supreme Courts and filed petitions to get exemption from NEET. Many cases related to NEET were pending in the high courts of various states and at the request of Medical Council of India, all the cases were transferred to Supreme Court.
While giving orders on NEET, Supreme Courts asked Medical Council of India, educational institutions and state governments to submit their written arguments before 7th January, 2012. Various state governments argued that rural students who studied intermediate in regional languages will lose due to NEET. It was also brought to the notice of the court that since intermediate syllabus is not same in all the states students may face difficulty in competing with others in national level entrance exam.
Supreme Court has given permission for state governments, universities and minority educational institutions to conduct their own entrance tests for post graduate medical admissions. Now the students have the freedom to choose the entrance exam they want to appear for. Since the case will again be taken up by the Supreme Court on 15thm 16th and 17th January, 2012 clarity on the situation can be expected by then.
NEET for undergraduate medical admissions is going to be conducted on 5th May 2013. Supreme Court’s final judgment can be expected before MBBS entrance test. But the confusion still continues for the post graduate medical course aspirants. NEET post graduate was conducted from 23rd November to 6th December, 2013. But all these students will now also have to appear for state level medical entrance exams. Though the freedom of choosing the entrance exams they want to write is given to the students, it is not clear what the final judgment of Supreme Court will be. Thus it is necessary that students write all the entrance exams, suggest the legal experts.