The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain the Centre's plea to defer the first common National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for all the MBBS courses across the country and paved the way for its implementation in 2012.
Responding to an application, requesting the court to defer the exam from 2012 to 2013, the bench headed by Justice HL Dattu said: "Either we will reject your application or you withdraw your application. Whatever you want to do you can do but we are not going to be party to your decision."
The court said the order directing for a single entrance test was passed after hearing the Centre. "You said draft rules and regulations were in place for implementing it in the academic year 2012-13," the bench said. It pulled up the Centre for filing the application, forcing the government to withdraw it.
It told the Centre's counsel that the court would not be party to the decision. "Why will we be party to it (for deferring the CEE)? Why are you bringing this court in this matter? You better start and withdraw this application," the bench said.
The health ministry had moved an application seeking to defer the exam in wake of objections raised by several states. The ministry further claimed that students wanted time to get acquainted with the syllabus prescribed by the Medical Council of India (MCI).
In March, the SC had cleared the deck for the Centre and MCI to hold a common entrance test for the MBBS and PG courses despite objections raised by some state governments such as Tamil Nadu.
As per an affidavit filed by CBSE, online submissions for NEET-UG (for undergraduate courses) were to be from December 1 to 16. The test was to be held on May 13, 2012 with results in the last week of June.