Monday, April 1, 2013

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NEET or not: Pvt medical colleges await SC verdict
BHUBANESWAR: Uncertainty continues over the method of admission for MBBS and BDS courses in private medical colleges as they have advertised to conduct their own entrance tests. Things will depend on the Supreme Court verdict on whether the colleges will draw students from National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) or from their own entrance exam.

Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) andKalinga Institute of Dental Sciences (KIDS), both KIIT group institutions in the city, are scheduled to hold online entrance for MBBS and BDS courses in different slots between April 25 and April 29. Similarly, SOA University's Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS) and Institute of Dental Sciences (IDS) will hold entrance exam on May 18, sources said.

The institutes, however, are awaiting the April 2 date when the Supreme Court is likely to hear petitions by private medical colleges and the states of Andhra PradeshTamil Nadu and UT of Puducherry, seeking exemption from NEET, the overarching national level pre-medical entrance to be conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on May 5.

Earlier, the Medical Council of India had announced that NEET, to be held for the first time this year, is mandatory for admissions to undergraduate and postgraduate courses in all government and private medical colleges that come under the ambit of the Indian Medical Council (IMC) Act, 1956. However, hearing the pleas of opposing states and private medical colleges, the SC on December 13, 2012, permitted them to conduct their respective examinations for MBBS, BDS and postgraduate courses, but restrained them from publishing the results till the outcome of pending cases. The fate of such entrance examinations will depend on the final SC verdict.

"As the court has given permission to conduct the test, we are going ahead with the entrance test procedure. However, we will abide by the court verdict," said Sasmita Samant, registrar of KIIT group. SOA's director (admission) Manas Mullick too shared similar views. "It's a wait and watch situation for us. Our entrance date is still over a month away. We will go as per the court order," Mullick said. The three state-run medical colleges and dental college at Cuttack besides Hi-tech group's medical and dental colleges in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela are going ahead with NEET.

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