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Apex Court Abolishes “National Eligibility Entrance Test” (NEET) For Admission In Medical Schools: PBT Considers To Challenge Verdict Through PIL For Protection Of Fundamental Right To Life

In a major decision which may have profound implications on the standard of healthcare in India, a three-judge bench of Supreme Court has held today that regulation of medical education through the common NEET examination by the Medical Council of India (MCI) is unconstitutional .  In a split decision delivered by the bench headed by the chief justice of India (CJI), Altamas Kabir, who retired today after delivering the judgment, Apex Court has paved the way for admission to MBBS or post-graduate medical courses private and government medical colleges exclusively in the hands of the local authority by abolishing NEET.  Interestingly, this was a split decision with the third judge in the bench, Justice A.R. Dave, dissenting with the majority judgment with separate observation in support of NEET.  PBT has also expressed regret with the Apex Court decision because control of admission into medical schools on the local authority is likely to cause admission of lower caliber students from affluent families by virtue of payment of high capitation fee with mushrooming private medical colleges with primary goal to make financial profit.  With no uniform standard for admission into medical schools and post-graduate courses, more doctors with inadequate training are likely to flood the healthcare system which in turn would further increase incidence of “medical negligence” across the country.  PBT is in consultation with legal minds to find ways to challenge this unfortunate verdict from the Apex Court through appropriate public interest litigation (PIL) as the court’s decision also infringes fundamental right to life which is protected for every citizen under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution         .

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