Srinagar: The state government will seek exemption from the National Eligibility Entrance Test, which has been mandatory by the Supreme Court for admissions to MBBS, BDS and PG Medical courses.
“Our government has decided to approach the apex court to state our legal position. I am hopeful that the Supreme Court will understand our point,” education minister Naeem Akhter told reporters.
The SC said on Friday that the entrance test for admission to MBBS, BDS and PG Courses in all medical colleges of India for the academic year of 2016-17 will be held as per the schedule through the single common entrance test, NEET, on May 1 and July 24.
Medical colleges in Jammu and Kashmir are also required to conduct the two-phase test unless the state government seeks an exemption because of the state’s special constitutional status.
“Education was earlier considered as a state subject but the Government of India changed it and brought it in the concurrent list but that amendment has not been extended to JK state,” Akhter said on the sidelines of an Education Conclave at the SKICC.
Non-local aspirants are likely to sweep the MBBS, BDS and PG seats in J&K if the entrance for these courses is conducted through NEET.
On Friday, the SC turned down the government of India plea’s seeking modification in the NEET order. On Saturday, it again refused to entertain a plea filed by a group of students, seeking modification of NEET order, saying, “let the exams go on”.
The SC has also approved the schedule put before it by the government of India, CBSE and the Medical Council of India (MCI) for treating All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) for May 1 as NEET–I, following which the SC observed that those who had not applied for AIPMT will be given an opportunity to appear in the NEET-II on July 24 and a combined result would be declared on August 17.