The Supreme Court will hear today the petitions of states seeking that NEET may not be mandatory for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in the medical colleges. Several states are dissatisfied with the Supreme Court’s order to make medical admissions only through the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET).
Few days back, The Apex Court on Thursday rejected the plea of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Association of Karnataka Medical Colleges which were opposing the conduction of NEET. The court on Friday also refused to put any stay on the conduction of AIPMT.
Several issues have been raised by the students and academic experts regarding the conduct of NEET in two phases. The students appearing in the NEET phase 2 will get 86 extra days for preparation.
West Bengal will also move to Supreme Court seeking exemption from NEET 2016 for its students. The Bengal government wants to conduct its own medical eligibility test on May 17.
The Goa Chief Minister also said that the students from Goa who appeared in the AIPMT (NEET -1) should be given another chance to appear in the NEET phase 2. Apart from MBBS, Goa CET is conducted for admission to various other courses for which more than 5600 students have applied.
In Maharashtra, the students are not sure about the conduction of Maharashtra Common Entrance Test as per the schedule (MHCET). A student from Pune filed a petition in the Supreme Court opposing the conduction of NEET in two phases asking for permission to appear in NEET phase 2.
The J&K govt. also filed a petition in Supreme Court seeking exemption from National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET). J&K state conducts its own Jammu and Kashmir Common Entrance Test (JKCET) for medical admissions. The students call the NEET unfair as they have prepared for state level competition and syllabus of JKCET is different from NEET.
Karnataka also filed a petition in the Supreme Court contending that NEET would jeopardize the chances of students from the state, especially from rural background. Karnataka is seeking permission to hold CET for the year 2016-17 as preparation for holding the Common Entrance Test (CET) on May 4 and 5 has already been completed.
All the states are facing difficulties on the last minute decision of the Apex Court to hold the National Eligibility Entrance Test in two phases. The main issues are that the students who have prepared for state level exams will face hardship and the students appearing in NEET -2 will get more time for preparation