In a much-awaited decision that brought cheer to aspirants in the city and state, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the National Eligibility-and Entrance Test (NEET) will continue but it may allow a state-level common entrance test (CET) for admission to government medical colleges only.
Dr Pravin Shingare, Director of Medical Education and Research (DMER) told The Indian Express that the next hearing of the SC is on Monday and the court will pass an order at 3 pm. “However, the court may allow the state-run common entrance test for medical and dental course admission for this year,” Dr Shingare said.
A total of 3.9 lakh students had appeared for the Maharashtra (MHT-CET) 2016 on May 5 and there was anxiety about the validity of this test for admission to medical and dental courses.
The state had challenged the NEET in the SC and appealed that the common entrance test be allowed for admission to medical courses in government colleges. “We are certainly relieved. The final order will be given on Monday,” Shingare added.
However, there will be no exemption for private medical colleges from NEET and their entrance tests will not be valid. When contacted, Jay Kumar, registar at Bharati Vidyapeeth deemed university said that they would abide by the SC order. But the common entrance test for admission to medical, dental, ayurved and homeopathy courses will be held as per schedule on May 7 . “We will wait for the SC order on Monday and withhold the results. The test, however, will also assess aspirants for admission to ayurved and homeopathy courses and hence, we cannot scrap the exam,” Jay Kumar added.
At D Y Patil deemed varsity, the medical college authorities are still in a wait-and-watch mode as their entrance exam for admission to medical courses is scheduled on May 14. While D Y Patil deemed varsity has 14 centres across the country, authorities said that they will wait for the SC order on Monday before taking a decision on the exam. Authorities at Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences , which has also scheduled its test on May 7, however, could not be contacted.
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