On Friday, the Union cabinet passed an ordinance overriding the Supreme Court and decided to postpone NEET or National Eligibility cum Entrance Test — the entrance exam for medical and dental courses — till next year, to provide some relief to the medical students.
In a later development, Times Now reported that a plea will be filed in the Supreme Court against the Ordinance.
While the first round of examinations under the new NEET format has already been held, the second round is due on 24 July, as reported by Hindustan Times.
The entrance exam is also applicable for admission in the private colleges under management quota.
The issue of the entrance exam was under intense debate and the state government representatives had asked the Centre to consider the stress the students will face if uncertainty prevailed in the matter.
Legal consultations were being held over the implementation of Supreme Court-ordered NEET as the sole entrance test for admissions to medical colleges following opposition by several states.
The union government had earlier held two rounds of hectic deliberations to build consensus before taking the Ordinance route.
Union Health Minister JP Nadda had said that the reason behind bringing NEET for admissions to medical and dental colleges across the country was to tackle the corruption and malpractices and the government has moved in that direction already.
Several major political parties and several states had favoured deferring implementation of the apex court verdict by one year.
However, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had demanded that the union government should not bring an ordinance to overturn the apex court's order.
I'm glad that #NEET has been postponed by a year, inevitable, as lakhs of students would have been held back from their dream profession
— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) May 20, 2016
I sincerely urge Modi ji not to bring any ordinance to overturn SC order on NEET. Wrote this letter to Hon'ble PM pic.twitter.com/9eID2IsfSD
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 20, 2016
Several state governments wanted their exams to be the basis for admission for their 85 per cent quota seats for this year too.
Nadda, however, had made it clear earlier that private medical colleges and deemed universities cannot have their entrance exams and will have to take students only through the NEET route.
The Supreme Court had ruled that starting this academic session, students would have to appear in NEET to seek admission to medical or dental colleges in the country.
The apex court order had implied that all government colleges, deemed universities and private medical colleges would be covered under NEET and those examinations which had already taken place or were slated to be conducted separately stand scrapped.
The states had flagged various issues in the health ministers conference including problems related to language and syllabus.
With inputs from PTI
Updated Date: May 20, 2016 14:00 PM