The central government has said that there will be no exemption from the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for medical admissions in Tamil Nadu.
The Supreme Court has ordered that NEET scores will be taken into account for admissions, the last date for which had been extended up till September 4.
On August 17, the Supreme Court had put on hold, the counselling for admissions for MBBS and BDS seats in Tamil Nadu, and asked MCI and the state government to find a “balanced” solution to deal with the interests of state board students and those who cleared NEET.
A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra was hearing a plea filed by six students seeking a direction to the state government to conduct counselling for the medical seats solely on the basis of the merit list prepared on the basis of NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) marks.
“Status quo existing as on today, as regards the admission to the medical courses in the State of Tamil Nadu, shall be maintained till then,” it said.
The apex court asked the state government to provide the details regarding the number of students who have passed qualifying 12th examination from the State Board and have qualified for NEET.
No student should suffer due to the proposed state government’s ordinance, the bench said.
“We have asked the counsel for Tamil Nadu and the Medical Council of India (MCI) to consider how a balanced situation can be thought of so that the students who have come from the State Board and have not been equipped to appear in NEET examination and the students who have appeared in the NEET examination and have qualified, can be adjusted,” it said.
“The state shall file the result sheet of the NEET examination pertaining to the students who belong to the state of Tamil Nadu. That apart, the state shall also file the State Board merit list,” the bench, also comprising Justices Amitava Roy and AM Khanwilkar, said.