The Supreme Court has urged the Medical Council of India to reply on the matter of age criterion for NEET or National Eligibility cum Entrance Test. The apex court has also sent a notice to the Union government seeking a reply to the plea.
The court termed it as a matter of urgency and sought an immediate reply. The next hearing will be on February 23, 2017, and both MCI and the Union government have to respond on the age criterion by the prescribed date.
The petition was filed by Sabyasachi Rai who lost eligibility to appear in NEET due to the reduction of upper age limit by Union government. Advocate Vaibhav Srivastava who was representing the petitioner pointed that the government had already limited NEET to three attempts and there is no point of imposing an age restriction. As per the new-age criterion, the upper age limit has been restricted to 25.
Therefore, the petitioner and the advocate claimed that the Central government had to roll-back the age criterion. Similarly, a petition was filed in Allahabad High Court where the petitioner urged the government to reverse its decision on the upper age limit. The HC sought the reply from Central Board of Secondary Education and Medical Council of India by February 20, 2017.
Supreme Court and Allahabad High Court termed the matter as urgent and directed the concerned authorities to reply as early as possible. The application process for NEET has already commenced and the examination will take place on May 7, 2017.