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National medical entrance test from 2013-14

December 22, 2011

The Medical Council of India on Monday told the Bombay High Court that it will not implementthe National Eligibility cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for the academic year 2012-13 but from the following year. NEET is a single admission process to MBBS and post-graduate medical courses throughout the country. A division bench of Justice Dhananjay Chandrachud and Justice Amjad Sayed was hearing petitions filed by the state government, association of medical colleges ( AMC) and students, challenging MCIs notifications on December 21, 2010 and November 11, 2011, prescribing and finalising the syllabus for NEET. AMC’s advocate informed the court that on December 8, 2011, the Aurangabad bench has stayed the exams. She said three other high courts (Madras, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka) in the country have also stayed NEET. The Aurangabad bench is of the opinion that the syllabus is based on CBSE, she said. The MCI advocate submitted that NEET will not be implemented for the academic year 2012-13 but for 2013-14. The judges said in view of MCIs statement, students will not get stressed and all uncertainties will go. They will get enough time to prepare themselves, said Justice Chandrachud.

Advocate Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, appearing for some students, said, If they are not implementing it, the whole issue gets resolved. He urged the court to permit the directorate of medical education and research (DMER) to proceed with preparations for holding common entrance test. The judges directed MCI to put their statement in an affidavit and posted the hearing on December 21.

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