Bar lifted on NEET results
The Supreme Court has cleared the decks for admissions to under graduate and post graduate medical and dental courses for 2013 in state government and private institutions as it lifted its stay on the declaration of the results of the entrance tests conducted by them.
The court had by its December 13, 2012 order had restrained the state governments, private institutions and the MCI from declaring the results of the tests conducted by them.
The court will pronounce its verdict on the validity of these tests in July. It said if the December 13, 2012 order is not modified, large number of students would be adversely affected and lose a year.
The bench was hearing a batch of petitions questioning applicability of the MCI’s decision to conduct the first-ever common entrance examination NEET for admission to both MBBS and post graduate courses in medicine as well as dental courses.
The bench had earlier directed to transfer all petitions pending in various courts to it by January 15, 2013. The National Board of Examinations (NBE) had held the NEET-PG for post-graduate medical and dental courses in December 2012.
The standoff started with the MCI proposing a common entrance test for MBBS, dental and PG medical courses. Opposing this, private medical and dental colleges moved the Supreme Court. The apex court had ordered the MCI to conduct NEET and also allowed all states and private colleges to conduct their entrance exams but not declare results till the court’s verdict is out.
SC okays fresh admissions to medical courses
The Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for admission to graduate and post-graduate medical courses for the current academic session by lifting the bar on declaration of results for MBBS, BDS and post-graduate courses.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir, which modified its earlier order in the matter, asked the Medical Council of India (MCI) and state universities to go ahead with the admission process.
"The students, who aspire to gain entry into medical colleges at the MBBS and BDS and the post-graduate levels, have been caught in the legal tangle for no fault of theirs and are the victims of policy decisions.
In order to safeguard their interests, as also the interest of the hospitals, we consider it just and equitable to lift the ban imposed by us on December 13, 2012," said the bench, also comprising Justice AR Dave and Justice Vikramjit Sen.
The order, however, does not clarify which scores - of MCI's National Eligibilty and Examination Test (NEET) or state examinations - would be considered eligible for admissions to post-graduate courses as students had taken both the exams conducted in December last.
The entrance tests were held after the SC permitted both - state universities and MCI - to go ahead with it.
But, at the same time it had restrained them from declaring the results.
The bench's interim order came after several colleges requested the court to alter its December 13, 2012 order.