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Bengal, J&K join states against NEET; Confused students bank on SC hearing on review petitions today
Tuesday May 3, 2016 9:37 AM, & Agencies

New Delhi: The Supreme Court is expected to hear and pass verdict on the review petitions filed by Maharashtra, Assam and Jammu & Kashmir even as as many as eight states have registered their reservation over holding single National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to MBBS, BDS and other medical courses.

A section of students scheduled to appear for the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) launched an agitation on Monday, demanding the state government to oppose the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to medical courses and move the Supreme Court, confused students in other states are banking on the SC hearing today for a positive outocme to end the crisis.

“States like Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh are opposing the NEET and are going to hold their state level entrance exams. Some of them are also planning to move the SC. But our state government didn’t clarify its stand,” said a statement by the protesting students led by All India Democratic Students’ Organisation.

“We demand the state government immediately oppose the NEET and move the Supreme Court to save the future of thousands of students,” it said.

The Supreme Court on Monday admitted the review petitions filed by Maharashtra and other states and also by some private medical colleges and agreed for a hearing on Tuesday May 3, 2016 at 02:00 pm.

The apex court today also set up a three-member panel to oversee functioning of the Medical Council of India (MCI) with regard to the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET). The panel will be headed by former chief justice of India R M Lodha.

The top court today also upheld the provisions of a Madhya Pradesh law which enables government to have 50 per cent shares in management seats in private dental colleges.

Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde was personally present in Delhi when the state filed the review petition in the apex court.

"The students should concentrate on their studies while we fight their case in the Supreme Court", he said.

He also reiterated that the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test MHT CET 2015 will be held on May 5, 2016 as per announced time table.

Karnataka had also announced that the Karnataka Common Entrance Test ( KCET 2016) will be held on May 4 and May 5 as announced earlier.

The Supreme Court had on April 28 directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to hold a single entrance test in two phases. While it named the already scheduled All India Pre-Medical Entrance Test (AIPMT 2016) as NEET Phase - 1, it paved way for other test called NEET Phase - 2 for fesh students and those who are appearing in the CETs held in different states.

Over six lakh students sat for the NEET Phase - 1 held on May 1. The NEET Phase -2 is scheduled to be held on July 24, 2016.

As many as eight states opposed the Supreme Court ruling and want the exam to be cancelled and they be given time till 2018 to adapt the NEET.

The issue also marked its impact in the parliament with MPs cutting across party line demanding from the Supreme Court to review its earlier ruling and give states more time.

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