Single entrance exams for admissions to MBBS, BDS approved

Single entrance exams for admissions to MBBS, BDS approved

Single entrance exams for admissions to MBBS, BDS approved

Over six lakh students today appeared for the first phase of National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), a common medical entrance test for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses across the country.

The court made the observation when lawyers, representing some students, said the NEET order required revision as candidates who had prepared for the state-level entrance exams would find it hard to study for the national test in such a short span of time.

The Ministry of Home Affairs, alongside the Medical Council of India and Central Board of Secondary Education, had chose to hold the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test in 2016-'17 taking after a Supreme Court mandate.

A joint result will be announced on August 17 and the entire admission procedure will be completed by September 30.

The Supreme Court ordered on April 28 that all seats in medical courses, including MBBS, BDS and postgraduate, in all medical colleges in India should be filled through NEET. However, they would be breathing a sigh of relief because the Supreme Court of India has ruled that multiple tests should be replaced with the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) from this very session (2016-17). As per that order, the Phase 1 was held on 1st May 2016, instead of scheduled AIPMT.

However, in the afternoon, Justice Dave declined to issue any urgent directions on modifying the court's Thursday order and said it would not be possible to give a hearing to the Centre and a few states which wanted a green signal for their medical exams.

Similarly the court rejected the plea by the associations of private medical colleges from Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh that they be allowed to admit students on the basis of exams conducted by them. We further clarify that notwithstanding any order passed by any Court earlier with regard to not holding NEET, this order shall operate.

The petition on which the court passed the order yesterday was filed by NGO Sankalp Charitable Trust.

The Centre, on Friday morning subitted before the court that it will be "very difficult" to hold the common entrance exam for undergraduate medical and dental courses in several States this academic year.

The move comes as the Supreme Court is to hear on Tuesday a batch of applications seeking that NEET may not be thrust on states and they be allowed to conduct their own entrance examinations.

He also said that some states, like AP and Kerala had conducted the entrance tests, while others, ;llike Maharashtra, Gujarat and Telangana, were to hold their test in the next few days.

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