The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2016 was supposed to take place on 24 July 2016 as Phase II. The Supreme Court clearly stated that NEET would be compulsory for all private and deemed colleges or associations since it discards confusions among students regarding seat distributions for MBBS and BDS courses. The Centre also stood by its decision to make NEET compulsory throughout the country making it a single window for MBBS and BDS aspirants through which they can access the aforementioned courses based on sheer merit and nothing else.
The intelligentsia and the Delhi Government are strongly in favor of the Centre's decision to bring the common entrance test into practice at the earliest. Many supporters of NEET are of the opinion that it would curb numerous unfair activities while allotting seats to medical students. The main purpose of implementing NEET is to stop an unacceptable practice of 'capitation fees'. In simple words, most of the private colleges conduct their own entrance tests but the seat distributions take place on the basis of huge amount of donations per seat. Here, the chances of meritorious candidates getting seats are very rare. As a result, the deserving candidates remain deprived of MBBS and BDS seats, and the undeserving candidates occupy the seats as they can manage to shell out a huge amount of money.
Such an unwarranted practice of distributing seats of such reputed courses calls for national attention since the future of people who trust and are dependent upon the medical field for the proper maintenance of their health will be thrown into chaos. Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain's statement reflects the concern for MBBS and BDS aspirants. He told Hindustan Times, "We want this exam to be implemented with immediate effect. It is a good decision and it prevents students from writing 15-20 different tests. Also, deferring it would be in favor of private medical institutes".
However, the Centre is yet to hold discussions with the States regarding conducting NEET throughout the country since some of the states are still in favor of conducting separate entrance exams at different private institutes. The second phase of NEET is hardly two months away if one is to believe the date to be 24 July 2016 but the apex court is yet to draw conclusion out of all these indefinite developments. Now, all eyes are on the Centre which is expected to come up with a concrete decision after holding talks with the States. Till then, aspirants of MBBS and BDS have to keep their fingers crossed.