New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Centre, the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the CBSE to consider holding the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to MBBS and BDS courses of medical and dental colleges across the country from this year itself and to come up with an exam schedule by Thursday.
A bench of Justices A R Dave, A K Sikri and A K Goel passed the directive after an NGO, Sankalp Charitable Trust, filed a PIL before the court complaining that although a five-judge constitution bench on April 11 had restored the common exam, the authorities were deliberately delaying its conduct, which would only help private medical colleges fleece students.
The bench agreed with the NGO’s contention and said NEET must be implemented from the coming academic session itself. The counsel appearing for the government, MCI and CBSE told the bench that they were “willing and committed” to hold NEET for 2016-17 and agreed to place the proposed time-schedule on Thursday. (Source: The Telegraph, ToI)