The Supreme Court has told the Tamil Nadu government to use the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) as the only basis for admissions to medical colleges in the state.
A bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, yesterday directed the state government to start counselling for admissions for MBBS and BDS seats based on the NEET merit list and complete the process by the 4th of next month. The court's direction came after the Centre told the bench that it was not in favour of the recent ordinance passed by Tamil Nadu to exempt it from NEET this year.
The apex court was hearing a plea filed by six students seeking a direction to the state government to conduct counselling for the medical seats solely on the basis of the merit list prepared on the basis of NEET marks.
The court had, earlier this month, put on hold till yesterday, the counselling for the seats asking the Medical Council Of India and the state government to find a balanced solution to deal with the interests of state board students and those who cleared NEET.