Karnataka has decided to approach the Supreme Court, if necessary, to direct the Centre not to force the State to join the all-India common entrance test for admission to the MBBS course from this year itself.

Higher Education Minister V.S. Acharya told presspersons here on Monday that Karnataka was not against the idea of holding a national entrance test for medical courses.

But it was not ready to join the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) this year because the syllabus framed by the Medical Council of India for NEET was at variance with that being followed in the State. “Our students will be affected if we join the national CET from this year itself because of the difference in the syllabi. Hence, we want to first revise our own syllabus and join the NEET only from 2014,” he said.

Pointing out that the State Government had written a letter to Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad drawing his attention to these issues, Dr. Acharya said the State would approach the Supreme Court if the Centre did not respond positively to its request.

Asked if the Government would also take steps to revise the high school syllabus to match the Central syllabus, he said that “this particular issue” would be examined later.

Making it clear that the State was only seeking more time to join the new system, he explained that under the new system the State would get a share of 15 per cent of seats for its students in Central medical institutions also. However, the exact number of medical seats for the State as a result of the proposed NEET was yet to be worked out, he said.

Several other States, including Tamil Nadu, are opposed to joining the new system from this year itself.