Jammu and Kashmir News
The plea put forth by the J&K Government to hold separate Common Entrance Test (CET) for MBBS and BDS seats was rejected by the Three Judge Bench of the Supreme Court. According to the judgment, there would be only one test conducted as National Entrance Eligibility Test (NEET) however, the state subject law and all reservation rules will be applicable in the CET would be applied for J&K.
The Supreme Court rejected pleas of other State Governments too and all minority institutions to allow them to hold separate entrance exams for MBBS and BDS courses for the academic year 2016-17. The apex court refused to modify its April 28 order by which it had allowed Centre and CBSE to conduct a single Common Entrance Test for admission to MBBS and BDS courses through NEET.
The Three Judge Bench comprising Anil R Dave, Shiva Kirti Singh and Adarsh Kumar Goel, disposed off all applications and writ petitions seeking modification of order passed by the apex court on April 11. The Oversight Committee appointed by the Supreme Court will oversee the NEET-II examination.
The Supreme Court clarified that the NEET will not affect the state subject law, reservation and other rights of any of the States (including Jammu and Kashmir) and the private colleges. It will only provide the merit list and nothing more. Therefore, only permanent residents will be eligible for admissions in Jammu and Kashmir. Despite the Central Government and the Medical Council of India agreeing to allow the State Governments to hold their own exams this year for Government Medical Colleges, the Supreme Court didn’t accept the contention.
The top court had approved the schedule put before it by the Centre, CBSE and Medical Council of India (MCI) for treating All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) fixed for May 1 as NEET-1. Those who have not applied for AIPMT will be given opportunity to appear in NEET-II on July 24 and the combined result would be declared on August 17 so that the admission process can be completed by September 30.
Around 6.5 lakh students took up the NEET-I test held on May 1.
The apex court also made it clear that the students who have either applied for NEET-I but could not appear or who appeared but could not prepare fully thinking that the preparation was to be only for 15 per cent all India seats and there will be further opportunity to appear in other examinations. To direct all eligible candidates who could not appear in NEET-I and those who had appeared but have apprehension that they had not prepared well, will be permitted to appear in NEET-II.
It also said that Centre, CBSE would be open to the respondents to reschedule the date of holding NEET-II, if necessary. To this extent the earlier orders stand modified.
The Bench added that the adoption of setting up of minimum standards of education and coordination of such standards which aspect was covered exclusively by Entry 66 of List I. The second aspect is with regard to implementation of said standards which was covered by Entry 25 of List III. On the said aspect, the State could also legislate. The two entries overlap to some extent and to that extent Entry 66 of List I prevailed over the subject covered by Entry 25 the court said while disposing of all the petitions.