The Jammu and Kashmir Government on Saturday said that it will approach Supreme Court to seek exemption from National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to MBBS, MD and BDS courses in state Medical Colleges.
With the Supreme Court making NEET compulsory for admission to all Medical Colleges in all states, JK Government is 'all set' to move a petition and invoke J&K's Special Status to seek exemption from the national level test. Minister for Education Naeem Akhtar said the state is going to approach SC and hoped that 'relief' will be provided in the case. "Education was a state subject that was later incorporated in concurrent list. However, the amendment that made it part of concurrent list has not been extended to J&K," he said.
The Minister, who is also the Spokesperson for government, said JK was quite hopeful that SC will relook at the situation.
"We will ask them to see the legal position and I hope the SC will understand our point of view," Akhtar told reporters here on the sidelines of an event at SKICC.
Officials in the Department of Law said the 'petition was ready' and the state would plead the case on the grounds that in J&K education is still a state subject and therefore the rulings of SC could not be applied to the state Medical Colleges. "There are ample grounds on which this case can be pleaded in SC. When Common Entrance Test issue was decided in 2010, J&K and Andhra Pradesh were exempted from it. In Motilal Nehru Medical College again, the state was exempted," said a senior law official in the government.
On one hand, Union Health Minister JP Nadda on Friday stated in Lok Sabha that JK and Telengana were also under the ambit of NEET, on the other, the state government has out rightly rejected the argument. "How can the ruling apply to J&K? It is just not possible until and unless state legislature ratifies it," Minister of Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Haq Khan told Greater Kashmir.
While GoI had on Friday appealed before the apex court to relook at the ruling and at least 'delay' its implementation as there were issues of implementation in various states. However, the plea was rejected Friday evening by the court. On Saturday, another plea by students that argued that state and central syllabus was different was also rejected by the SC.
The order passed on Thursday said that All India Pre-Medical and Dental Test (AIPMT) to be conducted on May 1st, 2016 will be taken as NEET-I. NEET-II for the left out candidates shall be held on 24th July, 2016 by inviting applications with fee, the order said. "Combined result of both the Tests shall be declared on 17th August, 2016 and CBSE will provide All India Rank. Admitting authorities will invite applications for counselling and merit list shall be drawn based on All India Rank."