Unaided private medical colleges across the country cannot be permitted to go ahead with their pre-scheduled tests for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses in addition to the recently revived single-window entrance NEET, the Supreme Court said on Thursday.
“There is no question of allowing any exam by private institutions,” a three-judge bench headed by Justice AR Dave said when some lawyers sought clarification on the fate of the entrance tests which have either been conducted or about to be held by the private colleges.
The court is hearing petitions from various states and private medical colleges association seeking stay on the order that allowed NEET for this academic year.
In another key development, the bench, also comprising justices Shiva Kirti Singh and Adarsh Kumar Goel, asked Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar to take instruction from the Centre on feasibility of allowing some states, which have already conducted their separate entrance tests, to continue with the admission process for the current academic session.
It also asked Kumar to apprise it as to whether all the students, who appeared in All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Test (AIPMT) which later became National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) on May 1, can be allowed to re-appear on NEET-2 to be held on July 24.
The bench said the students, who focused on state tests believing that they had better chances of being selected and did not seriously prepare for AIPMT despite filling up the forms, should be allowed to re-appear in NEET-2.
“I cannot say it is impossible, but it would be very difficult,” additional solicitor general Pinky Anand, appearing for CBSE, said and referred to the fact that over 6 lakh students appeared in NEET-1.
Senior counsel Vikas Singh, appearing for Medical Council of India, said MCI can come out with a scheme to enable poor students obtain loans from banks to pay their fees and interests of private colleges can be protected.