Madras High Court dismisses appeal against NEET

Upholds order on State Board quota

Updated - July 31, 2017 11:05 pm IST

Published - July 31, 2017 11:04 pm IST - chennai

Students coming out after finishing their National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) Exam in Tiruchi on Sunday.

Students coming out after finishing their National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) Exam in Tiruchi on Sunday.

The Tamil Nadu government on Monday suffered another setback on the NEET issue with the Madras High Court upholding the order of a single judge who quashed the government notification providing 85% reservation for students from the State Board in admissions to MBBS/BDS courses under the State quota.

The court, while dismissing writ appeals in the case, directed the government to take necessary steps to complete the admission process before the August 31 deadline.

Meanwhile, on Monday, a delegation comprising State Health Minister C. Vijaya Baskar, Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M. Thambi Durai and State Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan held three meetings with Union Health Minister J. P. Nadda in New Delhi. Mr. Vijaya Baskar told journalists that they had cited the High Court order and urged the Centre to exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET-based admissions this year.

 

‘Artificial classification’

Earlier, a bench of Justices Nooty Ramamohana Rao and M. Dhandapani held that the policy decision of allotment of seats on a pro-rata basis, 85% for State Board and 15% for CBSE students, is an artificial one.

“This is an attempt of further classification amongst all the students, who have appeared for the entrance examination, namely the NEET,” the judges said.

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