Notices were issued to the Central Government and others by the Supreme Court in regard to the plea challenging the ordinance passed on May 24. The plea challenged the ordinance asking for the rights to conduct a separate medical entrance test for every state for the session 2016-17.
A bench of Justices Kurian Joseph and Shiva Kirti Singh directed the CBSE, Medical Council of India, Dental Council of India and the Karnataka government to give responses regarding the petitions filed by Safeena Tabassum Mohammed, A Archana, Nabeela Hasan and many others who belong to a batch of students from Bengaluru.
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The court turned down the idea of passing an interim direction to CBSE so they can publish separate merit lists for students who passed from CBSE and a separate list for students from other state boards who appeared for NEET 1 and 2 for admission to undergraduate medical and dental courses.
According to the petitioners, represented by senior advocate Sanjay Hegde, they were denied to take NEET for admission to state government colleges after Centre government passed the ordinance.
The petitioners also said that the ordinance opposes the law, is discriminatory and punitive. They added that admissions based completely on merit will violate the Certificate of Essentiality that was termed to be the precondition for starting medical colleges in Karnataka.
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Since NEET was based on CBSE pattern and was taken in English, students who studied from other state boards were at a disadvantage.
The petitioners said that they are not questioning the validity of NEET but want the ordinance to be studied deeply and that private medical institutions must be excluded from NEET criteria for the session 2016-17.
Difficulties faced by the students from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry were also put up by the petitioners who said that the students from these states were forced to take NEET as there no common entrance test for these states.