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SC will decide on NEET on today

Kochi,November 22, 2012: Supreme Court will deliver its final verdict on NEET (National Eligibility and Entrance Test) on November 22.The first ever NEET-UG for undergraduate medical admission in MBBS and BDS is planned for May 2013. But many states have raised their concerns related to the syllabus and complexity in implementing it in such a short time.

Lakhs of student’s fate is hanging along with this decision. Students and their parents are completely confused whether to start preparing for NEET-UG in 2013 or other individual tests like AIPMT, AFMC and state level PMTs.

Earlier, several institutions and private bodies from different states had filed petitions against NEET and had acquired interim stay against Medical Council of India’s (MCI) move to implement the new regulation.

The plea came before SC as MCI moved court to avoid complexity of proceedings at various High Courts and inordinate time lag arising out of it.  The Supreme Court’s decision will decide the future of National Eligibility & Entrance Test (NEET) meant for under graduate and post-graduate medical courses from 2013-14.

Unlike last year, at present any deviation in the plan of MCI is unlikely since they have gone ahead and announced the test dates for NEET-PG (a common medical entrance test for postgraduate medical courses). Before announcing the official notification of NEET-UG, MCI is ensuring to gain strength legally.

Several states including Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have tried High Courts of their respective states to get an interim stay; the Medical Council of India (MCI) is keen to conduct NEET-UG in all States.

It is possible that the states which are objecting to NEET-UG may go ahead and conduct their state level CETs, the problem will bother the aspiring Medicos because the colleges are governed by the Medical Council of India (MCI). If MCI asks the colleges to consider only NEET-UG, the colleges will be left with no choice. It would eventually delay the admission process.

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