After Tamilnadu and Karnataka NEET candidates, now Gujarat NEET aspirants are having tough time as state enforces new rule for admissions.
Facing trouble, petitions were submitted to the Gujarat High Court seeking to quash a government rule that said that NEET admissions in Gujarat will be given only for candidates who had passed Class 10 and Class 12 from schools in Gujarat.
Gujarat High Court's order on medical admissions eligibility in the state for NEET candidates
Gujarat High Court has issued notice to the state government on a petition challenging a rule. The division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice V M Pancholi also granted interim relief to students who were found ineligible for admission because of the new rule, and asked the government to consider them as eligible candidates. The court asked the government to reply to its notice in two weeks' time.
What is the new rule on medical seat admissions for NEET aspirants in Gujarat?
The amended rule is 4(3) of Gujarat Professional Medical Educational Courses (Regulation of Admission in UG Courses) Rules, 2017.
What does the new rule say?
First, the rule required students to pass Class 12 from a school in Gujarat to qualify for admissions.
Now the amended rule 4(3) says that students who have not passed 10th standard examination from schools in Gujarat became ineligible for admission to various medical courses in colleges in the state, the petition said.
A group of students have called the amended rule violative of Article 14 of the Constitution of India. "The said rule, if permitted to hold the field, would result in the creation of class within the class of students, who otherwise form same class," said their petition.
Due to the old rule, some students who had done their SSLC in other states came back to Gujarat to do their higher secondary. Had they known that they would still be ineligible, they would not have built their medical studies dreams in the state, some students complained.