Common medical entrance test not possible this year: Health Ministry

A day after the Supreme Court recalled its order scrapping NEET for admission to MBBS, BDS and PG courses, the Union Health Ministry today said that it is "practically" not possible to conduct the examinations this year.
Common medical entrance test not possible this year: Health Ministry
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A day after the Supreme Court recalled its order scrapping NEET for admission to MBBS, BDS and PG courses, the Union Health Ministry today said that it is "practically" not possible to conduct the examinations this year.

Supreme Court had yesterday recalled its controversial judgement scrapping single common entrance test (NEET) for admission to MBBS, BDS and PG courses in all medical colleges, saying it was delivered by a majority verdict without any discussion among members of the bench headed by the then Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir on the day of his retirement.

"This year it is practically not possible to do it as the examinations have already been set in motion from way back in December. One or two exams have already been held.

"In other places last dates have gone by. Our own all India PMT which is held every year in May is probably in the first week of May. So practically it is not possible to do it this year," Union Health Ministry sources told PTI.

A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Justice AR Dave was unanimous that the July 18, 2013, 2:1 verdict of the three-judge bench, which had paved the way for private colleges to conduct their own examination, "needs reconsideration" as "the majority view has not taken into consideration some binding precedents."

Sources said that as far conducting the examinations next year is concerned, it will be depend on what the Supreme Court says as it has not given a final verdict.

"However while this thing is going on in the SC, the government is also contemplating amendment of MCI Act to provide for a common exam in the Act itself.

"That process is also on. If there is nothing in the next six months, either through SC mandate or amendment of the Act, we should be able to put it (examinations) in place," sources said.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) meanwhile had said that the SC decision will help safeguard the sanctity of the medical profession and make it more accountable, transparent and effective.

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