NEET 2016: Supreme Court to consider exemption applications on Tuesday

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear a batch of applications seeking that the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for admissions to undergraduate medical courses may not be thrust on the states and that they may be allowed to conduct their own entrance examinations.

An apex court bench headed by the Chief Justice P.S. Thakur, on Monday, said the hearing by the special bench, headed by Justice Anil R Dave will take place on Tuesday at 2 p.m., after a battery of senior lawyers, including Gopal Subramaniam, appearing for Jammu and Kashmir, and K K Venugopal, appearing for Association of Private Medical Colleges of Karnataka, mentioned the matter.

Various states, including the association of private medical colleges, are aggrieved by the top court’s Friday order reiterating that admission to undergraduate medical courses will only be through National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) to be conducted by the Central Board of School Education (CBSE).

Representational image. AFP.

Representational image. AFP.

The first phase of NEET was conducted on Sunday. The second phase will be held on 24 July.

In the meantime, a constitution bench of the top court, on Monday, upheld the Madhya Pradesh law providing for common entrance test for admission to medical courses, both in government and private medical colleges.

The bench, after a majority judgement, said the admissions to the seats not filled under the management quota will be done by the state governments.

The constitution bench also set up a three-member committee that will oversee the counselling and admission, under the aegis of Medical Council of India till a law is enacted by parliament empowering medical regulatory body to conduct counselling and admissions.

Former Chief Justice of India Justice R M Lodha, former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai and eminent doctor Shiv Sarin are the panel members.

Updated Date: May 02, 2016 12:10 PM

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