Minority Institution Rights Not Above Law or Absolute: SC Rules on CMC-NEET

For several years, legal combat has been going on regarding the admission process of Christian Medical College, Vellore. Now, the battle has finally come to an end with a new judgement passed by the Supreme Court. For the uninitiated, CMC, Vellore had been struggling to follow their admission process since 1946. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled out and gave a judgement that all the admissions to various UG and PG programmes into medical and dental courses in the nation must be based on NEET.

The Apex court declined the argument of CMC Vellore stating the key fact that NEET was in ‘national interest’ that enhances the quality of medical education in the country. One of the petitioners argued that the NEET regulations don’t infringe the minority rights. The Director of CMC Vellore, Dr Peter John Victor said that the NEET selection process is being followed for providing admissions into various courses in the past couple of years. As a result, no change has been witnessed in the existing system.

Minority Institution Rights Not Above Law or Absolute

By following a common entrance test all over the nation, it doesn’t show any sort of impact on the minority rights, said a 3-member bench of Justices. They include Vineet Saran, Arun Mishra and MR Shah. Moreover, it will be beneficial for the bright future of medical students. Every year, the National Testing Agency conducts the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test [NEET]. This year, the examination is anticipated to the organized in June 2020. Lakhs of aspirants appear for this entrance exam every year to get admissions into various medical and other courses in India.

The Supreme Court discarded the CMC, Vellore petition and said, ‘Considering the terms and conditions for affiliation and recognition for professional medical and such other professional courses are binding, and no relaxation can be permitted in the conditions.’ Some of the minority institutions have argued that the admission process via NEET affects the minority rights of the students. Hence, a separate admission exam which is above the NEET exam should be conducted by the minority institutions. However, the apex court has declined both the perspectives.

The advocate of CMC Vellore namely Krishna Srinivasan said, ‘We will continue to follow the NEET admission process subject to the National Medical Commission Act, which will come in force soon.’ Stay tuned to this website to know more details about the latest education news.

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