Supreme Court refuses to stay ordinance on NEET


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to interfere with operation of the ordinance providing that states could hold their own entrance examination for admission to undergraduate medical courses bypassing the National Eligibility Entrance Entrance Test (NEET). 

The SC bench headed by Justice A R Dave said the Centre’s interference in the apex court’s previous National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) order was not in “good taste”. An ordinance by the Union government had deferred the Supreme Court order to conduct NEET, a common medical entrance test across the country, from this year.

The ordinance kept the state boards out of the ambit of the uniform medical entrance examination, NEET, for one academic year. Union Cabinet cleared the Ordinance hours after both Houses of Parliament were prorogued by the President on May 19. As per law, at least one of the House of Parliament should not be in session to enable the government to come out with an Ordinance.