The first phase of the single entrance test NEET for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses across the country will be held on Sunday as the Supreme Court on Saturday refused to accord an urgent hearing of a plea seeking modification of its earlier order.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakurdid 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 A K 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 apex 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 SC 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 twophased common entrance test NEET on May 1 and July 24.
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 SC had in its order cleared the decks for the holding of 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 beforefor treating All India Pre-Medical Test fixed for May 1 as NEET-1. 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.