Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Ready to hold NEET this year: Govt to SC Proposed exam schedule to be submitted to court today


New Delhi, April 27
The government today told the Supreme Court that it was ready to hold the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for undergraduate medical and dental admissions this year and would come back to it with the new optional exam and admission schedule tomorrow. Counsels for the Health Ministry, the CBSE and the MCI, told this to a special SC Bench led by Justice Anil R Dave, which took up for hearing a writ petition seeking urgent directions on the matter. The petition filed by Sankalp Charitable Trust sought the NEET-UG to be held this year and asked the court for an urgent hearing, saying a direction was needed as the All India Pre-Medical Test, to be conducted by the CBSE, is scheduled to be held this Sunday (May 1) and students are confused. On the request of the CBSE to come back with proposed schedule of the examination, the court adjourned the matter until tomorrow noon. The court said, "Respondents have assured this court that they are ready and willing to hold the NEET for the academic year 2016-17. As the counsel representing the CBSE would like to take necessary instructions, hearing is adjourned for tomorrow. The proposed schedule for the examination will be submitted to the court tomorrow.” The court has asked the MCI, the CBSE and the Health Ministry to jointly plan a schedule for the NEET-UG this year. As per the law, MBBS and BDS admissions must conclude by September 30 every year. Sources in the Health Ministry said they would ask the court to allow them to go ahead with the AIPMT on May 1 and treat it as the first phase of the NEET-UG and conduct the second phase (the NEET) in July for the students who had not applied for the AIPMT. If the apex court did not agree, they would follow its verdict.