States can conduct CET with NEET

Friday, 14 December 2012 - 2:10pm IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA
They can conduct own entrance tests, but results should be withheld till final verdict: SC

Aspirants of undergraduate professional course seats for 2013 have a reason to relax. In an interim order, the Supreme Court stated that along with the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET), state governments can conduct their own entrance tests.

Questioning the Central government’s decision of conducting NEET for professional courses, many states approached the respective high courts and all the petitions concerning to NEET have been transferred to the Supreme Court. Following this, the Supreme Court gave an interim judgment on Thursday.

The Consortium of Medical Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK) had also approached the Karnataka high court. The petition filed by COMEDK too was forwarded to the Supreme Court.

Now, following the interim judgment, the state government can conduct its own Common Entrance Test (CET). But it should not announce the results till the final judgment is out. The Supreme Court postponed the final judgment for January 15, 2013.
The state department of medical education had already given its consent to go for NEET for medical courses but the higher education department had not opted for that. “After getting the judgment copy, we will take a decision. We need to discuss with officials of medical and higher education departments and take a final call,” said a senior official from Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA).

NEET is scheduled to be conducted on May 5, 2013 while COMEDK has a calendar for May 12, 2013. KEA needs to look at all the schedules before finalising the date. “Not just COMEDK and NEET, we need to look at the schedules of neighbouring states too,” said a KEA official.

According to KEA sources, applications for CET 2013 will be issued from January 2013 and the exam will be conducted in May 2013.


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