Supreme Court has asked Government to redefine the guidelines for the admission into medical and engineering colleges. As per current rules and norms, the admission is solely based on single window entrance examination. Supreme Court says that it is not fair on the part of students as they have this peer pressure on them to clear the single window entrance examination. Supreme Court advised that the admission into the medical colleges should be based on 10+2 marks and score of entrance examination. 40% weightage should be given to the board’s mark and 60% weightage should be given to the score that has been secured by the candidates in the entrance examination.
“It is wrong that the entire future of a student is decided by his/her performance in the entrance examination,” said court as reported by one of the news. However, SC also mentioned that court will not be able to pass the bill regarding this instead Government should regulate the admission and frame the policies.
For the medical/dental admission, NEET has been brought in the effect in the year 2016. The candidates having 50% in General category and 40% marks in SC/ST/OBC category is eligible to apply and appear for the single window medical entrance examination. The application form of NEET 2017 has already been issued. It is available from January 31, to March 1, 2017, in the online mode.
Many controversies have been associated with NEET since its inception. States were protesting to conduct the exam in regional languages. Recently, there was issue related to restricted number of attempts for NEET as a candidate is allowed to appear for NEET only three times. However, Central board of Secondary Education has made clear that the NEET will be held in 8 regional languages apart from Hindi and English. Also, NEET 2017 will be considered as the first attempt for the applicants. Previous attempts for NEET will not be counted.
The bench of Justices A K Goel and U U Lalit also expressed the concern over the increasing number of private institutes. A PIL was filed by CPM’s student wing SF as per which the private coaching centers exploits the students by charging the extra fee. SC agreed that it is important to curb these private institutions, however, a complete ban will no be feasible.
Advocate Deepak Prakash appearing for SFI said that law should be framed to regulate the 40,000 crore private coaching institutes business.
Supreme Court mentioned that it is not fair to ban the private coaching institutes entirely as the education provided at school level in India is at the secondary level. However, proper regulation of these coaching centres is required.
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