Srinagar: The state government invoked Article 370, which gives special status to state, before the Supreme Court on Monday to seek exemption from the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET).
In an application, which was entertained by the Supreme Court, the state government has also referred to Article 35-A, which protects the special status, for the modification of the judgment delivered by the apex court on Thursday, in which it held that National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), a combined entrance test for admission to undergraduate medicine and dental courses, will be held as per the schedule on May 1 and July 24.
On Sunday, May 1, over six lakh students sat for the first part of the common entrance exam. From 2017, it will be held in one go.
A bench headed by the Chief Justice TS Thakur accepted to hear the application and posted it for hearing before a special bench on Tuesday.
In J&K, the entrance test for MBBS and BDS courses are held under Common Entrance Test (CET) conducted by Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE), but the latest ruling by the apex court has put the idea of holding a separate entrance examination to rest.
An official of BOPEE told Kashmir that law secretary Muhammad Ashraf Mir along with chairman BOPEE G H Tantray and the Advocate General have flown to Delhi to brief the advocates about the case.
The hearing of the application is likely to take place at 2 pm on Tuesday, and senior lawyers, including Gopal Subramaniam is likely to appear for Jammu and Kashmir, and KK Venugopal would plead the case on behalf of the Association of Private Medical Colleges of Karnataka.
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 apply 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.
The NEET was mooted by the Supreme Court to avoid multiple entrance tests and minimise corruption and irregularities in admissions to medical courses.
The Medical Council of India (MCI) and Indian Medical Association (IMA) welcomed the apex court’s decision, whereas various states, including the association of private medical colleges are aggrieved by the top court’s order and have filed review petitions.