NEW DELHI, April 30 - The first phase of the single entrance test, NEET, for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses across the country will be held tomorrow as the Supreme Court today refused to accord an urgent hearing of a plea seeking modification of its earlier order.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur, which is conducting a special hearing today to deal with pollution in Delhi, did not allow the plea seeking urgent hearing for modification of the April 28 order passed by another bench with regard to the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET).
�Nothing will happen in the meantime. Matter had been heard by the bench and it is over for now. Please allow the examination to be conducted,� the bench, also comprising Justices AK Sikri and R Banumathi, said.
The observation came when lawyers, representing some students, said that the order on NEET needed to be modified as students who had prepared for the State-level entrance exams will find it difficult to prepare for the NEET in such a short span of time.
The court, for the time being, refused to entertain the plea and asked the lawyers concerned to file an application which would be heard by the regular bench, hearing the case.
The Supreme Court had yesterday said that the entrance test for admission to MBBS and BDS courses for the academic year 2016-17 will be held as per the schedule through the two-phase common entrance test, NEET, on May 1 and July 24.
The Centre had yesterday approached the apex court for modification of its April 28 order and had sought that state governments and private colleges be allowed to hold separate entrance examinations for MBBS and BDS courses for 2016-17 saying there was a lot of confusion arising out of it.
The apex court had in its order cleared the decks for the holding of the 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-I.
It had said those who had not applied for AIPMT will be given the opportunity to appear in NEET-II on July 24 and 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. � PTI