Press Trust of India
NEW DELHI, 31 JULY: The government is likely to seek a review of the Supreme Court judgment scrapping the common entrance test for MBBS, BDS and post-graduate courses in medical and dental colleges with the law ministry endorsing a proposal in this regard.
The health ministry, unhappy with the judgment, had proposed taking “legal and legislative recourse” to retain National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).
The law ministry has backed the proposal of the health ministry saying it was in agreement that if the split judgment was not discussed among judges, it was a fit case to seek a review.
In a majority verdict by the then Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir and Mr Justice Vikramjit Sen, the SC had earlier this month scrapped NEET for admission to MBBS, BDS and post-graduate courses in medical and dental colleges.
In a dissenting judgment, Mr Justice A R Dave had upheld the Medical Council of India’s decision to conduct this common entrance exam.
Mr Justice Dave said the three judges of the Bench “had no discussion on the subject due to paucity of time” which is normally done.
He said there is no violation of Fundamental Rights of state and private colleges including minority institution by NEET which would ensure that “no extraneous consideration would come into play in the process of selection”.
Suggesting a ‘step-by-step’ approach, the law ministry has supported health ministry’s plan to take legislative route by amending the Medical Council of India Act in a bid to retain NEET in case it fails to get a positive response to its review plea. The health ministry has said that since the first NEET was a success, there was a need to retain it in the interest of students.