THE SUPREME Court on Tuesday asked the Centre and CBSE to give wide publicity about holding of the second phase of the common all-India medical entrance test on July 24 so that those who were unable to take the May 1 test can try their luck.
As it commenced the hearing on a batch of petitions relating to the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), a bench led by Justice Anil R Dave also sought from them state-wise data on the number of candidates who appeared in the first phase of the NEET.
The bench took note of the “peaceful” holding of the first phase of the NEET on May 1 and said “there is no urgency” in passing the order on the fresh petitions seeking a relaxation for the current academic year by letting them conduct their own medical admission tests.
It also observed that state governments and private medical colleges could fill their 85 per cent seats for MBBS and BDS courses from selected candidates in the NEET.
“Filling up 85 per cent seats is still reserved with you only. The students, who have not filled the form (for NEET I on May 1) can still avail the opportunity for the next phase to be conducted on July 24,” the bench told Karnataka’s Advocate General Madhusudan Naik as it asked the Centre, Medical Council of India and CBSE to respond to their plea by Thursday.
Representing Karnataka’s Association of Private Medical Colleges, senior advocate K K Venugopal said the entrance exam in Karnataka is designed to cater to the rural masses and private agency like TCS has been engaged for smoothly conducting the exams at 154 centres across the country. He said the candidates have been charged
Rs 1,000 for it.
To this, the bench responded: “So many states are conducting separate tests and they must be demanding separate fees. The parents and the students have to move from one place to another for taking exams.”
During the hearing, Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand, appearing for the CBSE, said the first phase of NEET was conducted without any glitch and around 6.5 lakh students took the test.