Common entrance test (NEET) is not only legal but also a boon for students aspiring to join the medical profession, Justice Anil R Dave held on Thursday while dissenting with other two judges including outgoing CJI Altamas Kabir who quashed NEET.

Justice Dave strongly favoured the common test for the professional courses saying that it would put an end to “corrupt practices” of “unscrupulous and money-minded businessmen operating in the field of education”.

“The notifications (regarding NEET) are not only legal in the eyes of law but are also a boon to the students aspiring to join medical profession,” he said in his 20-page verdict in which he also interestingly mentioned that prior to preparation of draft judgments he had no discussion on the subject with CJI who wrote the majority verdict.

Justice Dave said NEET is the need of the society for ensuring more transparency and less hardship to the students eager to join the medical profession.

“If only one examination in the country is conducted and admissions are given on the basis of the result of the said examination, in my opinion, unscrupulous and money-minded businessmen operating in the field of education would be constrained to stop their corrupt practices and it would help a lot, not only to the deserving students but also to the nation in bringing down the level of corruption,” he said.

He said that there is no violation of Fundamental Rights of state and private colleges including minority institution by NEET which would ensure that “No extraneous consideration would come into play in the process of selection“.

“In my opinion, the Regulations and the NEET would not curtail or adversely affect any of the rights of such minorities as apprehended by the petitioners. On the contrary, standard quality of input would reasonably assure them of sterling quality of the final output of the physicians or dentists, who pass out through their educational institutions,” he said.

IT’S NOT NEET?
Do we need a national entrance test for medical education?
Yes. It will go a long way in regulating medical education.
No. It infringes on the right of States to keep education as a State subject.
No. It will push medical education out of the reach of non-CBSE students.
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