Assam DME, varsity to consult lawyers on medical entrance exams

The directorate of medical education (DME) and theSrimanta Sankardeva University of Health Science have decided to consult legal experts to analyze whether they can conduct the common entrance examination (CEE) for admission to MBBS and dental medicine courses as well as the post-graduate entrance exam and declare the results.

This comes in the wake of the Supreme Court's verdict on Monday that private and government medical colleges can declare results of entrance exams already conducted by them. However, the top court reserved its verdict on the validity of CEE, National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) till July.

Since the Supreme Court's verdict is pending, so the DME and the university did not conduct the PG entrance exam and CEE. The PG entrance exam was scheduled to be held on January 27. However, the DME, until now, did not postpone the date for CEE which is scheduled on May 19.

"The verdict given by the Supreme Court has put us in a dilemma because the court has allowed private and government medical colleges, which have already conducted the entrance exams, to declare the results. But we did not conduct any of the exams because we were waiting for the Supreme Court's final verdict. So, we have decided to consult the lawyers for analyzing the verdict. Only after that we can decide whether the exams will be conducted or not. However, the court did not give any verdict on the validity of CEE and NEET. So, till now, we are not sure whether we can conduct the exams or not," a source said.

He added that till now the date for conducting CEE has not been postponed. "The entire matter is very tricky and challenging Supreme Court's verdict will put us in trouble. So, we have decided to consult the lawyers and all matters will be handled by them. Whatever decision the lawyers give we will follow," the source said.

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