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Supreme Court refuses to stay ordinance exempting seven states from NEET ambit for one year

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to hear petitions challenging the NEET ordinance, saying such a move might create confusion among medical aspirants.

“Let’s not create further confusion on entrance examination and let students appear for test with certain amount of certainty… We will hear plea after the vacation,” a vacation bench of Justice P C Pant and Justice D Y Chandrachud said.

The ordinance had exempted Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Punjab for one year from the ambit of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for medical and dental colleges.

It permitted these seven states to enrol students in undergraduate medical and dental courses on the basis of exams they conduct.

The apex court said there was no need for an interim order on the issue as the Centre has not ‘denied’ NEET but just exempted these seven states for a year.

The court said it will start hearing the petitions opposing the ordinance from June 30, after the six-week summer vacation ends, reports HT.

The Supreme Court had earlier ruled that admission to MBBS and BDS courses would be done only through NEET and scrapped the entrance tests conducted by state governments and private medical colleges.

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