SC quashes common entrance test for admission to medical colleges
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday quashed the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admissions into all medical and dental colleges. The apex court ruled that the Medical Council of India cannot conduct a unified examination.
The bench of Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir, Justices Vikramajeet Sen and Anil Dave gave a split verdict on the issue. While Justices Kabir and Sen ruled against MCI's single entrance exam, Justice Anil Dave was in favour of the examination.
The apex court ruled that private medical colleges will conduct their own entrance examination through their associations while the states and Central government will conduct their own tests.
The apex court dealt with the legal aspect and said the MCI can regulate rules for standardisation of excellence in education but cannot conduct a unified examination.
The NEET judgement also stand for those institutes that did not conduct any examination.
CEO Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka S Srikanth said, "What is important is the quality of medical education. The admissions are mostly based on money factor and not the merit factor."
In an interim order passed in May this year, the apex court had directed the MCI and all private colleges to start their admission process, as per the old guidelines where the MCI, state governments and private colleges conduct their separate exams.
Aspiring medicos have been arguing that a single NEET will make the admission process simpler and more transparent. A sting operation conducted by CNN-IBN in April this year, however, had exposed how private medical colleges were illegally selling medical seats for crores of rupees.