MCI seeks more time in NEET PG court case

The Medical Council of India (MCI) on Thursday sought more time from the Supreme Court to make a written submission in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) case. The Supreme Court hinted at considering extension of dateline for admission and interim order could be announced in the next two weeks.

Many state government and private universities had moved the apex court against the MCI decision to hold a common entrance test. In February 2012, the MCI had announced the NEET, an all-India exam for entrance into MBBS and Post Graduation courses. The idea was to simplify the admission process and do away with multiple entrance exams conducted by each state and private medical college. Several state government and private colleges, however, had raised objections and took the MCI to court.

Insisting that the ruling in the case will take some time, the Supreme Court had asked the MCI, state universities and private institutions to conduct their respective entrance exams but not declare results till further orders from the apex court. But in a sting operation conducted by CNN-IBN, it was exposed how PG medical college seats were on sale with some being sold for as much as Rs 3 crore, even before the results of the common entrance test were declared.

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