Mumbai: Putting a rest to the petition filed by students in the state on the purview of Maharashtra CET on private medical colleges, a division bench of Justice SC Dharmadhikari and Justice Shalini Phansalkar have made it clear that students applying to unaided private medical colleges in Maharashtra this year will have to take the NEET route only
With a petition filed with the court, students had challenged the interpretation of the state government of the recent NEET judgement.
Following the NEET judgement, the state education minister had announced that unaided private medical colleges across Maharashtra will not be permitted to go ahead with their own pre-scheduled tests for admissions for the academic year 2016-17 reports HT. The ordinance clarified that only state government seats in government medical colleges and state government seats in private institutions will be exempted from NEET for the current year—the admissions to such colleges are secured through the state’s own CET exams.
The students had claimed that since the admissions to unaided private medical colleges and allocation of their seats, regulation of fees and so on were to be carried out by the state government this year, seats in such colleges should be considered as government seats. With the filing of the petition, the state government had left it on the honorable court to decide on the interpretation of the judgement.
During the proceedings 6 medical aspirants who had challenged the exclusion of private colleges from the purview of a common medical entrance test, (CET) conducted by the Maharashtra Government, was asked by a Bombay High Court about how the exclusion goes against their interests.
However, the student’s counsel Mihir Desai said that the students were not opposing CET, they were questioning its non-application to private medical colleges.
Besides that Counsel, Desai also said that competing through NEET meant contending and competing on a larger plane, which was how they saw prejudice come into play in the matter.However, with the Supreme Court’s latest judgement making it compulsory for all private college entrants sitting for NEET to get admissions has come at a short notice and is in all likelihood going to create tensions for students who were preparing for other entrance examinations for the current year.
The Court, after listenning to both the parties, upheld the interpretation of the state, holding NEET as the sole entry point to admission to private medical colleges in the state.
It is reported, however, the court responding to one point in the petition on extra marks being awarded to Sports and NCC quota etc, has decided in favour of the petitioner, calling for abolishment of the same