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SC reserves order on whether common medical entrance tests can be held this year

India TV News Desk 28 Apr 2016, 14:48:51 IST
India TV News Desk

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today reserved its order on whether the common medical test known as National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for All India Pre-Medical Entrance Test (AIPMT) for admission to undergraduate courses across the country will be conducted this year or not.  

The court said it would not present a fait accompli for states that had contended that NEET could not be thrust on them as they have their own statutory regime for holding entrance examination for admission to medical colleges.

At the outset of the reading, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) told the court that it will hold NEET in two phases -- first on May 1 and then on July 24 this year.

The result will be declared on August 17, followed by counselling and admissions.

The court is hearing a PIL filed by NGO Sankalp Charitable Trust, which has contended that as authorities were not conducting the NEET for the students across the country aspiring to join medical colleges, the private medical colleges were holding their own exams to admit the students.