The High Court of Allahabad has quashed the decision of Uttar Pradesh government to admit students to UG AYUSH courses in various colleges across the state based on scores of the NEET-UG 2017 examination. The Lucknow bench of the High Court has directed the state government to conduct a Common Entrance Test (CET) for the admission to AYUSH courses. The state government should not admit students by a separate merit list prepared based on NEET score. The HC also directed the state government to complete the admission process for AYUSH courses by September 30, 2017. Justice D K Upadhyaya passed an order on the same.
Earlier, the state government issued a separate notification stating that the admissions to AYUSH courses will be based on NEET. Not satisfied with the decision of the state government, Mr. Amit Kumar filed a petition in High Court against the state government’s order. The petitioner claimed that CBSE did not specify admission criteria for AYUSH courses in the official notification of NEET-UG 2017 and it is mandatory to conduct admission process for AYUSH courses based on NEET score. The petitioner also indicated that aspirants were shocked with the sudden issue of notification on AYUSH courses based on NEET score.
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Recently, the Central Government confirmed that the admission to AYUSH courses would be based on NEET merit from 2018. NEET score is not mandatory for the admission to AYUSH courses for the current academic session, i.e., 2017-18.
Finally, the HC ordered to roll back the order that was issued on July 7, 2017.