The Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for the implementation of National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for admissions to MBBS, BDS and post-graduate courses in all medical colleges, along with setting aside its 2013 order.
Hearing a review petition on NEET, the top court said it will hear the case afresh on validity of the common entrance test. “Till the matter is decided NEET can be implemented,” the top court said.
In 2013, the apex court had quashed the notification for the single common entrance test on the ground that it violated the rights of private institutions to administer such institutions.
The judgement quashing the NEET was delivered by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir (now retired) by a 2-1 division.
The view of the then CJI was shared by Justice Vikramjit Sen, while Justice AR Dave had dissented and upheld the NEET, saying the policy was “legal” as it would stop corrupt practice which enabled undeserving students to get admissions by paying huge capitation fees or donations.
Over 90 medical entrance tests are held across India.
(With agencies input)