The Supreme Court has refused to give permission to the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to publish separate merit lists for CBSE students and students who studied under the State syllabus in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) held on July 24 for undergraduate MBBS and BDS courses. A Bench of Justices Kurian Joseph and S.K. Singh sought the Centre’s response on petitions filed by several medical and dental aspirants drawn largely from Tamil Nadu, including S. Rishesh, against the discrimination shown in the Centre’s new NEET ordinance which exempts government colleges and government-assigned seats in private medical colleges from NEET. Het Shah tops CBSE NEET Phase 1 and Phase 2 exam with 685 marks
The petition of claimed that the the syllabus of the CBSE and the method of teaching are totally different from the syllabus and the method of teaching in the State Board. Students studying in the Tamil Nadu State Board are not trained for objective type of entrance test. The new Amending Ordinance in the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, made it mandatory for private colleges to provide admission only through NEET. The court also issued notice also to the MCI and the CBSE in this regard. The students of Tamil Nadu pleaded with the court to issue an interim order that admission to private medical colleges this academic year would continue to be based on the system of awarding seats on the basis of Higher Secondary marks. NEET 2016 Result declared at aipmt.nic.in: Girls outperform boys, 4.09 lakh aspirants qualify
In the alternative, the petitioners sought the court to direct the MCI and the CBSE to provide a proportionate quota to students from Tamil Nadu, who have followed the State syllabus and attended the NEET, by publishing their results in a separate merit list for this year. The petitions also challenged the MCI’s move to appoint the CBSE to conduct the NEET by mainly following CBSE syllabus for preparing question papers without giving equal importance to the syllabi prescribed by different State Boards.