NEET in national interest, does not violate minority rights: Supreme Court

NEET in national interest, does not violate minority rights: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court stated today (April 29) that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) does not violate the rights of minorities under the Constitution of India. NEET is a common all-India entrance exam for admission to graduate and postgraduate medical and dental programs. According to the latest ruling, it will be utilized for enrolling the students in minority medical and dental colleges. NEET scores are used for admission in both the aided as well as un-aided institutes.

The Apex court stated that the uniform entrance test, NEET tests proportionality. The test is reasonable and is intended to check the maladies which creep into the medical education field. NEET prevents the capitation fee by admitting students who are lower in merit and also prevents profiteering, exploitation and commercialization of education. According to the SC’s verdict, NEET is the first step to weed out the evils from the education system. The entrance exam is also conducted in national interest and is necessary to eliminate the flaws of the older systems.

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The court stated that the regulatory measures are meant for the correct functioning of the institutions and to make sure that the standard of education is maintained.The uniform entrance test is imperative to allow all classes of students into a common system. Moreover, the minority institutions are bound to comply with the specific conditions imposed by the relevant Acts and Regulations to enjoy recognition and affiliation. NEET entrance exams this year have been postponed due to the COVID-19 lockdown, to prevent the coronavirus pandemic.

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