Suspending NEET can be drastic deviation from educational schedule, MCI tells SC

NEW DELHI: The Medical Council of India has submitted earlier than the Supreme Court docket that the postponement of the Nationwide Eligibility Cum Entrance Take a look at (NEET) Undergraduate (UG) 2020 shall be a “drastic deviation” from the educational schedule which “could have an effect on the next educational years” of the scholars.

In an affidavit filed on Friday, the MCI stated the matter of abroad examination centres for NEET would not deserve the indulgence of the highest courtroom in view of the truth that the Authorities of India has permitted journey to and from different international locations, by way of Vande Bharat Mission.

The affidavit was filed on a plea searching for instructions to carry NEET at centres in Gulf international locations.
The Authorities of India, beneath the Vande Bharat Mission, permitted Indian residents, together with abroad residents of India, to come back to India by particular flights, the council stated whereas searching for dismissal of the plea.

“With the intention to pretty conduct an examination like NEET, which must be a uniform examination, it’s crucial that the examination is performed on the identical time all over the place, which shall not be attainable, if the examination is performed in outdoors international locations as a consequence of numerous causes together with completely different time zones, logistical points, the secrecy of check papers being a booklet-based examination, and so forth,” the plea stated.

It stated that if NEET isn’t performed on the identical time all over the place, then the “sanctity of the stated examination can be misplaced”, as there can be a risk of leakage of questions.

The matter is slated to come back up for listening to earlier than the apex courtroom on August 24.

The plea, filed by dad and mom of practically 4,000 NEET (undergraduate) candidates, has sought to alternatively postpone the examination till the COVID-19 pandemic normalises.

The dad and mom of those candidates, who reside in Doha, Qatar, Oman, and UAE, have approached the apex courtroom difficult the Kerala Excessive Court docket June 30 order which had dismissed their plea.

Of their enchantment in opposition to the Kerala Excessive Court docket order, the final secretary of Kerala Muslim Tradition Centre in Qatar, Abdul Azeez stated that the Nationwide Testing Company (NTA) had the aptitude and willingness to open examination centres in Gulf international locations as that they had been doing so for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) (Important).

Earlier, the NTA had informed the courtroom that it’s not attainable to have abroad examination centres for NEET (UG) 2020 because the examination is performed in paper e-book format.

Submitting an affidavit, the NTA had stated that examination can’t be performed in cities overseas because of the reality NEET (UG) must be performed in single-shift on the identical time, on the identical day to keep up uniformity.

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