SC restores common entrance test for medical exam, recalls 2013 order
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday restored the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) MBBS, BDS and PG courses in all medical colleges.
The SC judgement would enable students to appear for common entrance exam, based on its result, they can seek admission in different medical institutions in the country.
Hearing a review petition challenging its 2013 judgement under which common entrance test for aforementioned courses in all medical colleges were quashed, the apex court today recalled its previous order.
A five-member Constitution Bench headed by Justice Anil R. Dave ensured this by recalling Supreme Court’s July 18, 2013, order passed by a smaller Bench.
Students currently appear for several entrance examinations conducted by government and private medical colleges.
A three-judge SC bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir (now retired) had scrapped the NEET by a 2-1 division in 2013
The SC bench had said that the Medical Council of India (MCI) did not have the jurisdiction to formulate the common entrance test and enforce it on private medical colleges.
The view of the then CJI was shared by Justice Vikramjit Sen, while Justice AR Dave had dissented and upheld the NEET, saying the policy was "legal" as it would stop corrupt practice which enabled undeserving students to get admissions by paying huge capitation fees or donations.