The Supreme Court made National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) compulsory for students seeking admissions to medical and dental courses in unaided minority medical/dental colleges for MBBA and BDS courses. The bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra and Justices Vineet Saran and M R Shah declared that the application of NEET acts as a parameter of fairness in selection, comprehension of merit and upheld the highest tenets of the course.
“It intends to weed out the evils from the system and remove the various malpractices which have decayed the system. The regulatory measures in no way interfere with the rights to administer the institution by religious or linguistic minorities,” held the court.
Previously, the implementation of NEET was challenged by as many as 76 petitions by reputed minority medical colleges like Christian Medical College Vellore/Ludhiana. Imposition of NEET was believed to be a violation of rights of minority communities in setting up educational institutions and framing procedures for admission.
In response, the Court declared that in making NEET mandatory, right of minority colleges are not infringed by the constitution. The directive is set to bridge the gap between an AIIMS graduate and Minority College graduates. A common entrance test will set the standard quality of medical training and classes for prospective doctors.
“The health sector in India has failed to develop to its full potential on account of the corrupt and incompetent MCI. The MCI has done nothing regarding reforms of curriculum, quality assurance, ethical practice, rational treatment, and humane patient care. By overhauling this institution with appropriate expertise as required to govern this sector, India can expect a great leap forward on health outcomes,” commented Sujatha Rao, former Union Secretary, Health, and Sita Naik, former member of the board of governors of the MCI and Ranjit Roy Chaudhury Committee.