Com­mon med­i­cal en­trance to be held on sched­ule: SC

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Bhadra Sinha bhadra.sinha@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court re­fused to amend its day- old or­der on Fri­day and re­it­er­ated the com­mon en­trance test (NEET) for all med­i­cal col­leges would take place in two phases de­spite the Cen­tre’s U-turn on hold­ing the exam.

A day af­ter ad­di­tional solic­i­tor gen­eral Pinky Anand sub­mit­ted that the hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment min­istry was pre­pared to con­duct the test this year in ac­cor­dance with the April 11 SC or­der re­viv­ing the NEET, at­tor­ney gen­eral Mukul Ro­hatgi rushed to jus­tice AR Dave’s court on Fri­day morn­ing with a re­quest to re­con­sider the or­der.

Ro­hatgi ar­gued the di­rec­tion would put at stake the fu­ture of hun­dreds of thou­sands of stu­dents who had pre­pared for en­trance tests or­gan­ised by the states and pri­vate med­i­cal col- leges. He said med­i­cal as­pi­rants tak­ing the NEET on July 24 would have more time to pre­pare than those sit­ting for the first phase on Sun­day. Ro­hatgi sug­gested hav­ing one exam on July 24 and asked the bench to re-hear the stake­hold­ers be­fore May 1.

In the af­ter­noon, the bench de­clined to pass any or­der. It even re­fused to give a de­ci­sion on the va­lid­ity of en­trance ex­ams al­ready con­ducted or sched­uled by the states and pri­vate col­leges. That put a ques­tion mark on the se­lec­tion cri­te­rion for ad­mis­sion to med­i­cal col­leges.

CON­TIN­UED ON P11 RE­LATED RE­PORT, P4

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