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NEET Controversy: Govt to file review petition

An "upset" government may file a review petition on the Supreme Court verdict scrapping common entrance test for medical colleges, with Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad making it clear that legal recourse is the only option available.

Azad said the apex court order will create difficulties for students aspiring for medical degrees and the Health Ministry has sought legal opinion on the judgement.

"We are very upset," he said while commenting on yesterday's ruling by the top court. He has already asked officials to study the judgement to decide the future course of action.

The Minister said the government was "expecting a better outcome" but "unfortunately that did not happen."

The court ruling, he said, was "a little demoralising for us because we wanted to clean up a number of things".

Asked what the government planned to do, the Minister said, "there is a legal recourse. There is no other way."

A petition seeking review comes up before the same bench of the apex court which has delivered the judgement.

Students aspiring to pursue medical courses will now have to sit for separate examinations for private universities and colleges and shell out a big amount before taking admissions.

Over seven lakh students took the NEET this year for the under graduate courses conducted by Central Board Secondary Education (CBSE) on behalf of Medical Council of India (MCI).

The Health Ministry had started the process of holding NEET for MBBS, BDS and post-graduate medical courses in 2009.

The NEET has been dogged by controversies all along with some states earlier objecting to holding of the exams only in one language and seeking conduct of tests in different regional languages. Some states also opted out of the all-India quota.

Private universities and colleges opposed to the government proposal sought more time to prepare themselves for the all-India exam. They later challenged the MCI notification in the apex court. source- indiatoday.intoday.in

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