The Supreme Court on Thursday quashed the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission in medical colleges. The NEET is a single entrance-cum-eligibility-test for admission in all medical colleges in India. By a two to one majority, the apex court held that the Medical Council of India had no powers to conduct single entrance examination and force it on government and private medical colleges. The admission already made through NEET this year will not be disturbed, said Chief Justice Altamash Kabir and justice Vikramjit Sen, who formed majority in a 3-judge bench. Justice A R Dave dissented, saying the NEET was valid and it was good for the students and society at large.
The court’s decision came on 115 petitions challenging the MCI notification on NEET for admission to MBBS and post-graduate medical courses conducted in colleges across the country. On May 13, the court had lifted the bar on declaration of results of examinations that had already been conducted and said the admission process could go ahead.
It had modified its December 13, 2012 order by which it had stated that MCI, Dental Council of India, as well as the states, universities and other institutions, will be entitled to conduct their respective examinations for MBBS, BDS and post-graduate courses but shall not declare their results until further orders.
The bench had earlier directed transfer of all petitions pending in various courts to it by January 15, this year.