New Delhi/Mumbai/Bengalur/Guwahati: The respective boards and examination cell in Maharashtra and Karnataka on Friday announced that the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT CET 2016) and Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET 2016) will be held as per the declared schedule.
The announcements were made even as the Chief Ministers of Assam and Maharashtra decided to file a review petition in the Supreme Court against it verdict for single common entrance test National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET).
As per the Supreme Court verdict pronounced Thursday, the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) will be considered as the first phase of the NEET while the second phase will be held on July 24. The final result of the two phases of NEET will be declared by August 17.
In response to a petition filed against its verdict, the Supreme Court refused to revoke its earlier order and also turned down the request to postpone the May 01, 2016 NEET - 1. The Supreme Court however allowed the respective states to go ahead with the planned entrance test as per announced schedule.
The Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) announced that the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET) will be held as per schedule on May 5. At deemed universities, however, the decision on the common entrance tests to medical courses will be taken today.
“There are over four lakh students who have registered for admission to medical and professional courses. Out of these 1.5 lakh students opt for medical and dental courses. Following the SC order, we will now file a review petition in the SC to allow admissions to medical courses via the MHT-CET,” Dr Pravin Shingare, DMER, said in response to the SC judgment.
According to the news reports, the Karnataka Examinations Authority has said the Common Entrance Test (CET) will be conducted as scheduled on May 4 and 5. About 1.78 lakh candidates have registered for this year’s CET.
The Tamil Nadu state government too is not in the favour of the NEET and has expressed reservation over the SC verdict. The state gives admissions to students for its quota seats in medical colleges on the basis of Class 12th examination’s scores, according to the local media reports.
The government believes that those students who have studied in the Tamil medium may find it difficult to answer the NEET papers in English.
The Andhra Pradesh Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (AP EAMCET) has been conducted today as per its schedule.
“States like Andhra Pradesh possess special protection under Article 371D and the AP EAMCET exam that comprises MBBS, veterinary, agriculture and BDS, will be conducted on Friday without any changes. This was decided after consultations at higher level,” AP’s Health and Medical Education Minister Kamineni Srinivas said.
Meanwhile, declaring that the Maharashtra will file a review petition in the Supreme Court, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said a last minute decision by the apex court would harm the career of a large number of students.
"As large number of students would get affected by the last minute decision of Hon SC on NEET, our State Govt will file a review petition", Fadnavis tweeted on his official Twitter account.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi also said that his government will seek review of Supreme Court's judgment clearing the decks for holding the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to MBBS and BDS courses for 2016-2017 academic year.
"The decision to hold single test for medical entrance might prove counter-productive for the students of Assam," Gogoi said in a statement.
The state government has, therefore, decided to seek a review of the Supreme Court's judgement on NEET, he said and urged the Centre to take up the matter in "right earnest".
In yet another development, the parliamentarians cutting across the party line urged the government to appeal against the Supreme Court verdict and sought more time for the states to adapt the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET).
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Jagdambika Pal (BJP) said a single-phase test should be held on July 24 to give all students equal amount of time, a demand support by Rajiv Satav (Cong) who however also added that the Centre should first move the apex court to get time till 2018 for states like Maharashtra.
The Maharashtra government, Satav said, had urged the Supreme Court to give it time till 2018 as it had already come out with the schedule of the test held by it, but the court did not accept its argument.
Pal said the two dates for National Eligibility Entrance Test will give advantage to students taking the exam in the latter phase and the students who have to appear for it on May one would be "under stress".
Arvind Sawant (Shiv Sena) said the students could earlier write the examination in their mother tongue but this time their options are limited to Hindi or English as the CBSE said it is not left with time to offer more choices.
"The HRD Ministry should go to the Supreme Court," he said.
Satav said 80 per cent of the students of Maharashtra would be adversely affected by this decision.