In a bid to provide equal opportunity to the candidates appearing for the medical entrance examination this year, the Supreme Court has ruled out that the students who have taken part in the National Eligibility Test (NEET) Phase I on May 1, will not be able to sit for the phase II examination of NEET scheduled to be held in 24 July 2016. The NEET examination is the central examination for admission of willing and eligible candidates into MBBS and BDS courses in medical universities, colleges around the country.
According to the bench of justices A R Dave, Shiva Kirti Singh and Adarsh Kumar Goel, who were looking after the entire matter, related to the inclusion of NEET from this year onwards, “Those students who had appeared in the NEET Phase I shall not be permitted to appear at NEET Phase II. But the students who could not appear in NEET Phase I may appear in NEET Phase II”. The Supreme Court in its earlier judgment had ruled out any other state conducted medical entrance tests from this academic year. But reconsidering its judgment, the bench is considering allowing states to conduct their own tests for this year’s admission process. The verdict in this regard though was delayed till 9 May 2016, when Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar Ranjit Kumar requested the court to consider the position of students who can appear for the phase II examination. The Solicitor General has made it clear that the Centre will convene a meeting with all the stakeholders in the states and come up with the decided outcome in court on 9 May 2016. The court had earlier declined state and unaided private medical colleges to carry any entrance test this year.
The bench further stated, “The issue with regard to those students who had appeared or who are due to appear in examinations conducted by the States in accordance with their state laws, shall be decided after hearing the Solicitor General. In view of the request made by the Solicitor General, hearing is adjourned to May 9, 2016.” Medical Council of India had earlier opposed the plea of some states to allow the court to carry forward their entrance tests. But it has now differed saying that the court could permit these states to carry forward their entrance tests, but only for this year. The states that were against the judgment of Supreme Court said that there are marked difference in the syllabus of the state entrance tests to that of the NEET.