Uncertainty over test’s usefulness in absence of SC order on government’s plea for exemption

Candidates from the State appearing for NEET (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test) for admission to PG courses were left on the edge due to uncertainty over whether the test will be useful for them in the absence of an interim order from the Supreme Court on the government’s plea to exempt the State from the test.

Tension is building up among the candidates as only nine days are left for them before the test on November 23.

After discussions with NTR University of Health Sciences Vice-Chancellor I. V. Rao and Medical Education Principal Secretary K. R. Kishore here on Wednesday, Minister for Medical Education Kondru Murali Mohan expressed confidence that the apex court would issue an order by November 22, a day before the test.

The Minister later said that under Article 371 (D) of the Constitution, Andhra Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir had been exempted from all-India level compulsions on the ground that certain percentage of seats would have to be provided to local people.

In the petition filed in the Supreme Court, the government cited this obligation but offered to join NEET from 2014 in case of both MBBS and PG seats.

Candidates in the State would require the CBSE standard to appear for NEET and the first batch of CBSE candidates would be ready in the State only next year.

Mr Murali and Dr Rao saw two possibilities for candidates from the State appearing for NEET.

First, if the Supreme Court clears the AP plea favourably, they might not be eligible to get PG seats in other States even if they qualify in the test.

However, private colleges in these States having “management quota system” could admit the NEET-passed candidates on payment of stipulated sum.

Health varsity PG test

The NTR University would conduct its own PG entrance test without allowing the Medical Council of India (MCI) to allot seats in the State to NEET-passed candidates from other States. A State-level test would be held in February to complete the admissions by May 31 to start classes from June.

They said if the Supreme Court rejects the State’s plea, making NEET applicable to Andhra Pradesh too, the State would appeal for review while abiding by its order.

“Our view is that the medical seats in the State—MBBS or PG--should be available to the candidates here alone. This view is taken because of the disadvantage which candidates with rural background would face in Medical Council of India test for MBBS admissions.”

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