Separate Medical Entrance Test for State and Private Colleges: Centre to SC

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The Central Government has sought modifications to its Thursday’s order for separate entrance tests for private and government medical colleges for the academic year 2016-2017 by moving the Supreme Court.

Attorney General(AG) Mukul Rohatgi while making suggestion pointed out some genuine difficulties in the two-phased single common entrance test for MBBS, BDS and PG courses through National Common Entrance Eligibility Test (NEET) scheduled to take place in May 1 and July 24. He suggested that the first phase of NEET scheduled for May 1 be scrapped and students be allowed to take the exams on July 24. An estimated number of 6.5 lakh candidates are likely to appear in the entrance of MBBS and BDS courses.

The apex court had said those who had not applied for AIPMT will be given the opportunity to appear in NEET-II on July 24 and the combined result would be declared on August 17 so that the admission process can be completed by September 30.

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According to the order all government colleges, deemed universities and private medical colleges would be covered under NEET and those examinations which have already taken place or slated to be conducted separately stand scrapped.

The court was of the view that since it has recalled its April 11 order, there was no hindrance in holding the single entrance test.

NGO Sankalp Charitable Trust had filed a petition in which it had said that the Centre, MCI and CBSE were dilly-dallying in implementing the court’s order on the National Eligibility Entrance Test.

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