NEET, Only Entrance Exam for All Medical Colleges: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of India recently declared that the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) is mandatory for admission to all medical colleges across Bharat, including run by religious communities.

Led by Arun Mishra, a  three-judge bench declared that the admission through NEET for graduate and postgraduate degree courses of medical and dental does not violate any fundamental or religious rights of the minorities. NEET exam shall be mandatory for both the aided and unaided medical colleges, run by minorities.

The three-bench judge dismissed arguments raised by the management of several minority-run medical institutions, including the Christian Medical College, Vellore (CMC). The managements’ arguments claimed that NEET would be in violation of minorities’ fundamental rights to “occupation, trade, and business.”

Justice Mishra also clarified that the field of education shall return to the “realm of charity”, by his 108-page judgment. The Court also clarified that the right of trade, business, and occupation or religious right does not come in the way of securing transparency and recognition of merits in the matter of admission.

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