Demanding NEET scores to be factored in for postgrad admission in medical colleges, 99 students approach high court

As many as 99 medical students filed a petition in the Gujarat high court on Wednesday regarding the pattern of admission in the postgraduate course to medical colleges affiliated to various universities in the state. This comes close on the heels of the petition filed by the students of MS and Bhavnagar universities. 
 
The students mainly demanded preference during admission based on scores obtained by them in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (Neet) examination conducted by the Medical Council of India (MCI). 
 
“After hearing our petition, Justice Paresh Upadhyay issued notices to the state government and Gujarat University (GU) while fixing June 12 as the next date of hearing,” said senior counsel DC Dave, who appeared with counsel Nimesh Patel on behalf of the students. 
 
“We have demanded preference for the students of medical colleges affiliated to GU while granting admission in postgraduate courses based on the Neet scores obtained by the students,” said Dave. 
 
“If the government decides to admit the students according to the Neet score of all medical colleges in the state, the first merit list prepared should be of GU students and after that it should give chance to students of other universities,” he added. 
 
The Gujarat University and the state government have decided to give admission to the students on Neet score from the 2013-14 academic year. Earlier, the GU used to follow a different pattern. It had given admission in postgraduate courses by counting 50-50 per cent marks secured in the entrance and MBBS final exams. 
 
Meanwhile, the state might decide to end dissimilarities in the admission pattern of postgraduate courses and place that on record before the Gujarat high court on Thursday. 
 
Bhavnagar and Vadodara universities used to give admission based on MBBS score and a couple of students protested admission based on NEET. Their petition is pending. 
 
The MCI has decided to conduct uniform Neet examination for admission to both graduation and PG courses. 
Now, some students want to continue the old process of admission while others demanded preference over students of other universities in postgraduation. 

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