Saga of NEET – Yes, No, Yes…: Crossing of Legal/ Bureaucratic hurdles

The interesting story of how National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) had to wait for 6 years to take birth.

NEET 2016MCI (Medical Council of India) and DCI (Dental Council of India) had issued notification for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) way back in 2010 – on 21st December, 2010 to be precise. This test was mooted to bring admissions for MBBS/BDS courses in all Indian Medical Colleges under one roof. 

NEET was meant to be the only Medical examination for admissions into all medical colleges – irrespective of whether they were Government Medical colleges (Central/State) or Private Medical colleges.  

NEET would have brought following two benefits immediately:
For students: They have to appear in only one entrance exam instead of appearing for exams conducted individually by Medical colleges/States  – big savings on effort and time.
For Medical colleges: They do not have to organize any entrance exam themselves – big savings on cost and time.
In other words NEET would have made all the admission process NEAT.

However, there was resistance for this test right from the beginning. The resistance was particularly from plethora of medical colleges (whose transparency in admission processes has always been a debatable topic) and also from certain State Govt. (as they were apprehensive of losing out state quota in their own state medical colleges). But actually, there should have been no cause for concern, as NEET is only a test – and is not an admission process all in itself.  Autonomy for deciding the admission criteria based on NEET score would have remained with the State Govt. and Private Medical colleges.  

But there were misinformation’s galore.

That is why, although MCI, CBSE and Central Govt. passed notification on 28th April 2016 that NEET 2016 would be held and accordingly NEET-I 2016/AIPMT-2016 was held on 1st May, 2016, the final hurdle was passed only on 2nd May, 2016 when the Constitution Bench rejected the contention of the Private colleges that conducting NEET would violate their right of autonomy.

Following this, Supreme Court vide its order dated 9th May 2016, disposed of all applications and writ petitions against NEET and validated NEET. You can find below the events surrounding NEET chronically from the summary below:

21.12.2010: MCI & DCI Issues notification for NEET.

2014: The notification was stuck down by judgement in CMC Vellore Vs. Union of India Case 2014 (2) SCC 305.

11.04.2016: The above judgement was recalled in Review Petition (C) Nos. 2159-2268 of 2013.

28.04.2016: MCI, CBSE and Union of India through In W.P.(C)No.261/2016 issues statement that NEET 2016 would be held.

01.05.2016: NEET-I 2016/AIPMT-2016 held.

02.05.2016: Constitution Bench in the case of Modern Dental College Vs. State of M.P rejects the contention that conducting NEET would violate right of autonomy of the Private colleges.

09.05.2016: Supreme Court passes order validating conduction of NEET and disposing all applications and writ petitions against NEET.

24th May, 2016: The President gives his assent to the NEET Ordinance which provides option for states to either conduct their own exam or be part of the NEET to fill 85% of the Under Graduate (UG) medical and dental seats. Remaining 15% seats will be filled through NEET route by all India counselling.

24.07.2016: NEET-II 2016 would be held

Summary of what is now:
NEET turns into reality from 2016. This year for the benefit of students (on whom NEET was suddenly thrust upon), a chance has been given to appear in NEET-II.

If you are other-wise eligible, you can appear in NEET-II irrespective of whether you appeared in NEET-I or not. But if you had already appeared in NEET-I and would now try again NEET-II to better your marks, you have to forgo your NEET-I marks i.e. only NEET-II mark would be counted.

Also, only for this year, option has been given to states to either go with NEET or with their own state-level exam for the 85% seats. From next year onwards there would be no such option. Also Entrance for PG courses will be held under NEET in December 2016 for 2017-18 session. Some states like West Bengal has decided to conduct its own common entrance exam on July 20 for admission to MBBS and BDS courses.

Best Wishes… I love posting career articles to help students and would post more materials on NEET 2016. So please keep visiting.

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