SC nod for common medical test

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Satisfied with the follow-up action taken by the government on Medical Council of India’s proposal to have common national eligibility-cum-entrance test (NEET) for medical college admissions across the country for both graduate and post-graduate courses, the Supreme Court on Monday gave its final nod to the proposal.

MCI counsel Amarendra Sharan informed a bench of Justices R.V. Raveendran and A.K.
Patnaik that the relevant rules for holding of the NEET for admission for graduate (MBBS) and post-graduate (MD and MS) courses has been framed.

The court then said if the government had put in place the legal framework, there should be no hindrance in the way of implementing the scheme from 2012-13 academic session.

The bench said if the rules were put in place, the MCI could “go ahead” and there was nothing for the Supreme Court to do further in the matter and disposed of the pending petitions on the issue.

The proposal mooted by MCI last year to introduce the NEET system from 2011-12 session could not be implemented from this year due to the initial reluctance shown by the Union health ministry against the proposal and even opposing it in the apex court.

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