J&K to move SC to seek relaxation

State government Saturday said that it would seek exemption from Supreme Court directions wherein SC has directed that all medical seats would be filled through NEET.

Minister for Rural Development, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Abdul Haq Khan said that as Jammu and Kashmir is enjoying special status, the decision cannot be implemented in the state. Khan said that they will approach the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday to plead for grant of “relaxation” over the applicability of NEET to MBBS aspirants of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Under Article 370, the order issued by the honorable Supreme Court cannot be implemented in the state. We will file an application in this regard on Monday. Our state is governed by its own laws. Thus the decision cannot be implemented here,” he said. He said that they will appeal SC to follow on its previous decision in which it ordered that directions would not be applicable to Jammu and Kashmir.

Supreme Court has ordered on April 28 that all the medical exams including MBBS, BDS and Post Graduate Medical education seats in all Medical Colleges in India should be filled through National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). Government of India has also said that Jammu and Kashmir will be also covered under NEET.

Jammu and Kashmir government was holding a separate test for these seats through Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE) till now. And the SC ruling has put the Board in a fix. BOPEE had advertised MBBS admissions in January this year and was set to conduct examination on May 14th and 15th 2016. The apex court had in its order cleared the decks for the holding of NEET in two phases for the academic year 2016-17 in which around 6.5 lakh candidates are likely to appear.

It had approved the schedule put before it by the Centre, CBSE and the Medical Council of India (MCI) for treating All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) fixed for May 1 as NEET-1. It had said those who had not applied for AIPMT will be given the opportunity to appear in NEET-II on July 24and the combined result would be declared on August 17 so that the admission process can be completed by September 30.

The apex court had pronounced the order after rejecting opposition for holding NEET by states, including Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Association of Karnataka Medical Colleges, besides minority institutions like CMC, Vellore. Apex court order had implied that all government colleges, deemed universities and private medical colleges would be covered under NEET and those examinations which have already taken place or slated to be conducted separately.

It had also revived the government’s December 21, 2010 notification for holding a single common entrance test through NEET with a clarification that any challenge on the issue would directly come before it and no high court can interfere. The court was of the view that since it recalled its April 11 order, there was no hindrance in holding the NEET.

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