Thursday, August 8, 2013

SC directs Goa government to readmit NEET merit students

SC directs Goa government to readmit NEET merit students
PANAJI: Granting interim relief to post graduate students of Goa Medical College (GMC) and Goa Dental College (GDC), whose provisional admission had been cancelled by the state government, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Goa government to forthwith readmit them and maintain status quo on admission given to students on the basis of MBBS marks.

Hearing the case of Dr Aneesh Lawande and others the apex court ordered that students whose admissions were revoked should be allowed to attend classes along with other PG students who are enrolled on basis of their MBBS score. The next hearing of the petition is fixed for August 13.

On July 25, the state government had issued an order cancelling PG admissions of medical as well as dental students of the state quota that were done on basis of National eligibility-cum-entrance test (NEET).

Despite the apex court's interim order, the government did not revoke its July 25 order. It went on to claim that admissions done on NEET basis were provisional. Taking a direct confrontational stand the affected students served contempt of court notices against the additional secretary (health), and deans of GMC and GDC.

On Wednesday, the students affected by the cancellation of NEET based admissions, filed a contempt petition against the government, including chief minister Manohar Parrikar as respondent, along with other authorities.

Explaining the government stand in the matter, state advocate general Atmaram Nadkarni told the apex court that the government is in a precarious situation and it cannot take sides.

The Supreme Court while hearing the case orally observed that there is no malafide intention on the part of the state government.

Governemnt sources claimed that the NEET merit students got relief based on an application field by the state. Sources said the apex court has issed notice to the medical council of India to ascertain whether Goa's quota of PG medical/dental seats could be increased on the plea filed by the government.

Time line:

June 24: Admissions to PG medical courses done on NEET basis.

July 18: SC quashes NEET, but protects interest of NEET merit students for academic year 2013-14

July 25: State health department cancels PG admissions done based on NEET scores. GMC starts fresh admission on basis of aggregate MBBS marks

July 30: SC stays health department order cancelling admissions based on NEET

August 6: Affected students file contempt petition against the government in SC

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