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Madras High Court dismisses appeal against NEET

Madras High Court dismisses appeal against NEET

New Delhi, Aug 1: Madras HC on Monday refused to stay a single judge order that quashed the state government notification reserving 85% of the medical seats for the students from Tamil Nadu exam board.

A division bench dismissed the state government appeal saying the it lacked merits. The government is likely to move the Supreme Court against this decision.

As a result, the admission process to MBBS/BDS courses this year will get further delayed in the state. The state board, which had slated to start counseling by July 16, is yet to release even the merit list.

On July 14, a single judge of the court had quashed the government order passed by the state providing reservation calling it a “stepmotherly and discriminatory” move against CBSE students.

The Tamil Nadu government had filed an appeal contending that it was duty-bound to protect the interests of those students of state board who did not have access to CBSE schools.

The students cannot be held responsible for sudden change in the pattern of admission which is mainly based on syllabus, methodology and examination entirely different from each other, the government said. Counsel for CBSE students argued that the reservation had been brought in only to serve the vested interest of the urban private state board institutions.

While passing orders on the appeals on Monday , the bench said, “The objective sought to be achieved by this policy decision has no connection with the classification attempted. The spelt out objective is to ensure fair and equal opportunities to all the students, who have pursued the eligibility examination, namely, +2 course, through various boards, in the matter of admission to UG medical courses against the available state quota seats. That objective stands accomplished already when all the students, drawn from all the boards have appeared for the NEET. “Dismissing the appeals for lack of merit, the bench said, “we only hope and trust that the process of the admission for the academic year 2017-18 will not be delayed any further in as much as the last date set for such admissions expires by August 31. Hence, the state government shall take all necessary steps expeditiously from now on to complete the process.”

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