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SC commences hearing against NEET

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, May 3 - The Supreme Court today commenced the crucial hearing in the pleas of State Governments, private medical colleges and minority institutions like CMC Vellore and Ludhiana seeking nod to hold pre-scheduled separate entrance exams for MBBS and BDS courses which was opposed by Medical Council of India.

The apex court, which took note of the �peaceful� holding of the first phase of the a single common entrance test through NEET (National Eligibility Entrance Test� on May 1, said �there was no urgency� in passing the order on the fresh pleas and would give the decision after hearing all the stake holders.

It asked the Centre and CBSE to give wide publicity about holding of the second phase of NEET on July 24 through press notes and internet so that those who were unable to take the May test can try their luck.

Before commencing the hearing, the top court asked the Centre and CBSE to provide it with the data about the number of candidates appearing in the first phase of the NEET from each state.

It also took note of the contention raised by various State Governments about the language issue, i.e. Use of vernacular languages by asking Gujarat Government to place before it the question papers of last two years.

Just before the hearing, Jammu and Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana cited special constitutional provisions to contend that only the State can have the say in holding examination for MBBS and BDS courses. � PTI

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