Published: Fri, August 18, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

NEET 2017: Supreme Court Bars Tamil Nadu Medical Admissions Till August 22

NEET 2017: Supreme Court Bars Tamil Nadu Medical Admissions Till August 22

We can't allow the state to completely disregard the Neet.

The students said the state was contemplating such an ordinance to avoid legal hassles that might arise if the admissions were not based on NEET, the single-window exam for entry to medical courses in central and state medical colleges across the country. The ordinance will be applicable only to government colleges in Tamil Nadu, and not private ones, they added.

This means, no medical admission process for MBBS and BDS courses will take place in Tamil Nadu.

Additional solicitor-general Tushar Mehta said attorney-general K.K. Venugopal and the Union law ministry had cleared the draft ordinance Tamil Nadu had submitted. "We do not want a situation where Neet is demolished", the bench said.

Taking note of the submissions, the bench in a brief order said, "We have been apprised that an ordinance is likely to be promulgated". The Court wants the list of the qualified candidates till Tuesday from the State Government. Therefore, it has extended the date of medical admissions In Tamil Nadu and will take up this case on Tuesday.

The Tamil Nadu government's decision for NEET exemption has not gone well with many students who said it will destroy their career. If such an ordinance is passed and presidential assent is given due to political pressure it would amount to a fraud on the Constitution.

After center agreed to exempt the Tamil Nadu students from the NEET 2017 exams, some students who have cleared the national entrance exam are seeking a directive from the apex court so that state government can be pushed to start the counseling process for the admissions on ASAP basis.

Senior counsel C.U. Singh for state board students who had cleared NEET pointed out that out of 33,000 students who had cleared NEET from Tamil Nadu, 30,000 students belonged to the state board and 3,000 to CBSE.

Madras High Court's first bench comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar posted the PIL for order to August 23 after hearing arguments by counsel for the union government.

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