States can’t hold medical entrance tests for MBBS: The Supreme Court on Monday rejected pleas of state governments, including the Maharashtra government, and minority institutions to allow them to hold separate entrance exams for MBBS and BDS courses for the academic year 2016-17.
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It refused to allow the states of Tamil Nadu (which has a law to admit students on the basis of higher secondary marks), Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana state, Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra and others to admit students in government colleges on the basis of common entrance tests either conducted or to be conducted.
Along with that it also turned down the plea of private medical colleges, deemed universities and association of unaided private colleges to permit admission in their colleges on the basis of entrance tests conducted by them for the 50 per cent seats.
States can’t hold medical entrance tests for MBBS
The bench in its order said, “Prima facie, we do not find any infirmity in the Neet regulation on the ground that it affects the rights of the states or the private institutions. Special provisions for reservation of any category are not subject matter of the Neet nor rights of minority are in any manner affected by Neet. Neet only provides for conducting entrance test for eligibility for admission to the MBBS/BDS course.”
Those who have not applied for AIPMT will be given opportunity to appear in NEET-II on July 24, and the combined result would be declared on August 17 so that the admission process can be completed by September 30. Around 6.5 lakh students took up the NEET-I test held on May 1.