he Supreme Court makes NEET must for admissions to private minority medical colleges. The court ruled that the single window NEET would be mandatory to medical and dental courses offered by private unaided minority medical/dental colleges.
76 petitions have been filed by as many reputed minority medical institutions like Christian Medical College, claiming that it violated the fundamental right of minority communities to set up edu-institutes and frame procedure for admitting students.
A bench of Justices Arun Mishra, Vineet Saran and M R Shah said, “We hold that there is no violation of the rights of the minority to administer institutions under Article 19(1)(g) and 30 read read with Articles 25,26 and 29(1) of the constitution of India by prescribing of uniform examination of NEET for admissions in the graduate and PG professional courses of medical as well as dental science.”
The court added ,”minority and private institutions have to admit students based on merit in the permissible category, based on NEET as per procedure prescribed under the Act and Regulations.”
What is NEET?
The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Under Graduate, succeeded from All India Pre-Medical Test is an entrance examination in India for students who wish to study undergraduate medical courses and dental courses in government or private medical colleges and dental colleges in India. Conducted once an year, the duration of the exam is 3 hours that tests the skills in subjects like Biology, Chemistry and Physics.