New Delhi, May 6: The Supreme Court has said that unaided private medical colleges across the country cannot be permitted to go ahead with their pre-scheduled tests for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses in addition to the recently revived single-window entrance, the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET). The court said this after some lawyers sought clarification on the fate of the entrance tests which have either been conducted or about to be held by the private colleges.
The bench also asked Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar to take instruction from the Centre on the feasibility of allowing some states, which have already conducted their separate entrance tests, to continue with the admission process for the current academic session.
It also asked Kumar to apprise it as to whether all the students, who appeared in All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Test (AIPMT) which later became National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) on the 1st of this month, can be allowed to re-appear on NEET-II on July 24th.
The bench said the students, who focused on state tests believing that they had better chances of being selected and did not seriously prepare for AIPMT despite filling up the forms, should be allowed to re-appear in NEET-II. Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand, appearing for CBSE, said, it would be very difficult. She referred to the fact that over 6 lakh students appeared in NEET-I.
Senior advocate Vikas Singh, who represents the Medical Council of India, suggested that the students cannot avail two opportunities in one examination and those, who take up tests twice, will have to forgo the ranking obtained in one of the two tests results.