The Supreme Court of India recently has announced that the multiple medical admission tests should stop in the country and should get replaced by the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) from the current academic session (2016-17) itself. The decision will hamper performance of students who were preparing for the medical examinations conducted by the state governments and private colleges throughout the country.
This year, the series of medical tests in the country will begin from the All India Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Entrance Test in May 1, carried out by CBSE. This will get followed by Maharashtra CET on 5 May and private medical colleges of Karnataka will conduct their entrance exams on 8 May. Along with them three are five other medical entrance tests scheduled in the next month that includes the one conducted by the AIIMS. NEET was initially discarded as unconstitutional by Supreme Court in 2013, but it was restored on 11 April by the five-judge constitution bench that recalled their earlier verdict and allowed the centre along with the Medical Council of India to carry out common entrance test in the country till the court decides upon its validity.
One of the NGO, Sankalp Charitable Trust approached Supreme Court in order enforce the mechanism of common test for admission of students in various medical courses like MBBS, BDS and PG courses in all the colleges around the country. The advocate of the NGO made it clear to the court that the CBSE, centre and MCI collectively are delaying the implementation of the court’s order on implementation of National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET). This has resulted into students being forced to take part in as many as 90 entrance exams across the country for medical admissions.
Advocate Amit Kumar, representing NGO Sankalp further said, “A student seeking admission in a medical college has to shell out lakhs of rupees in taking an examination and most of the tests are not conducted in a fair manner. There is no impediment in way of implementing NEET after the constitution bench verdict and the centre should be directed to enforce the order in association with MCI and CBSE.”
The bench had directed the MCI, centre and CBSE to meet and decide a time frame for NEET to take place in the next academic session and directed them to place the blueprint before the bench before Thursday. The counsel who is representing the centre, MCI and CBSE has told the bench that they are willing to hold NEET from 2016-17 itself and will provide their time-schedule on Thursday in front of the bench.
In various medical examinations that are presently taking place all over the country for admissions in 400 medical colleges in different courses, lakhs of candidates apply for it. For the last three years, as the NEET got scrapped by the Supreme Court, various state and private colleges were conducting their own separate entrance examinations, resulting in increasing number of medical examinations every year.