The judge recorded the submissions of all parties including MCI and petitioners and allowed the NEET aspirant to sit for the exam this year
The Supreme Court on Friday allowed candidates above 25 years of age to appear in National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET). The SC also extended the date to fill exam forms to 5th April. The decision comes in the hearing of two writ petitions regarding removal of age criteria introduced earlier this year. The next hearing in the case will come on July 10. “The judge recorded the submissions of all parties including MCI and petitioners and allowed the NEET aspirant to sit for the exam this year,” said advocate Vaibhav Srivastava was quoted as saying by the Indian Express. Noted lawyers Indu Malhotra and Amarendra Sharan also represented the students.
The bench headed by Justice Deepak Misra said that the age limit can be fixed from the next academic year. The CBSE had fixed the age limit as 25 years for the candidates. The bench was hearing a plea challenging the age limit fixed by the CBSE for candidates appearing for NEET 2017 examination.
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Earlier, a fresh petition was filed in the apex court, alleging that NEET-2 was tougher than the earlier one and the CBSE came out with a common result without “normalisation” or “rationalisation” of marks obtained by the medical aspirants in these two tests.
Meanwhile, the two-judge bench of the Allahabad High Court heard the affidavit from the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Centre. In an earlier hearing, High Court had ordered the MCI, CBSE and the Centre to clarify about the imposed upper age limit of 25 years in the NEET application.
Anand Rai, an activist who supporting the students, said that this criteria will make students from rural background will suffer. “A lot of students from rural background will badly suffer if the government doesn’t change its stand. Our nation is already facing shortage of doctors. Fixing such criteria will discourage medical aspirants,” Rai was quoted saying by the Indian Expess.