The Supreme Court refused to hear petitions challenging the NEET ordinance bring forward by the government saying it would create unnecessary confusion among the aspiring medical students. In the ordinance passed by the government, seven states namely Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Punjab have been exempted from the ambit of NEET for medical colleges, this year. The government has allowed admitting medical students in the state run medical colleges in these seven states through the examination conducted by the respective states.
The Supreme Court decided not to put any interim order on the ordinance as the centre has not fully denied NEET as the single admission test as directed by the Supreme Court judgment, but has exempted these seven states for a year from its ambit. After the six week summer vacation of the court ends on June 30, the Supreme Court would start hearing the petitions opposing the ordinance. Indore based doctor Anand Rai challenged the ordinance which was passed after the President Pranab Mukherjee signed the same.
Saying that the ordinance is in direct conflict with the stand taken by the government, which was earlier keen on having a unified common entrance examination nationally, the lawyer of Rai, Vaibhav Srivastava filed a PIL seeking knowledge about the sudden change in the government decision regarding NEET. The ordinance means a partial overturn of the Supreme Court judgment, which gave verdict that the NEET would take place on 24 July, 2016 and all the state and private college conducted examinations would not be valid for the year. Keeping both NEET and state board exams for medical examinations would create a situation of ambiguity and would be unfair to the other states who would have to give the NEET this year.