NEET 2016-17: Supreme Court Clears The Air
The Supreme Court has finally cleared the air about National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) exams. Earlier there was a lot of confusion regarding conducting NEET exams for MBBS and BDS students throughout the country. The Apex Court was waiting to hear from the Centre, which had borrowed a few days time to have a discussion with all the States with regard to holding NEET for aspirants of MBBS and BDS. The Apex Court in its last hearing had mentioned that all the private and deemed colleges or associations should adhere to NEET and should not conduct separate entrance exams for MBBS and BDS seats.
What Does Supreme Court Verdict Say?
Monday was the day for the Supreme Court's verdict and it sent out a clear message to all the government and private medical colleges / deemed universities that they cannot hold separate entrance tests for MBBS and BDS courses. Many of the private and deemed medical colleges had carried on entrance exams while the hearings about NEET were in progress at the Apex Court. Now, all those tests have been declared invalid by the court.
The Supreme Court also said that students who could not appear for the first phase of NEET and those who could not prepare well for the same should be allowed to take NEET 2 on 24 July 2016. The court will appoint an oversight committee, which will inspect these exams to be conducted by CBSE.
However, the marks scored by the candidates in the first phase will not hold any validity and whatever they will score in phase two will only be taken into account.
It is obvious from this judgment that NEET will go live from this academic year. The court found the design of the aforementioned common entrance test harmless to the rights of private colleges and States; further, it does not disturb their pattern of reservation of categories and rights of minorities. Hence, all the private institutions will have to come under the umbrella of NEET effective from this academic year.