Kerala decides not to appeal against NEET
In the wake of the Supreme Court rejecting two petitions questioning the conduct of National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), the state government has decided not to file an appeal against apex court decision. Instead, it is planning to file a petition seeking further clarification in the order.
The Supreme Court had rejected the plea of Union Government not to implement the NEET this year. It also denied hearing on a petition by a group of students seeking a stay on the conduct of the exam. Students had approached court claiming that the syllabus of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and of state boards are different. Besides, the students would not get enough time to prepare for the exams if it was held on Sunday as ordered by the court. The court clarified that the first phase of exams will be held as scheduled.
Yesterday, State Education Department officials had mooted filing an appeal seeking exemption from NEET for a year, as the state already held its entrance examinations this week. In the wake of the latest decision by the SC, the government backed off from the earlier plan and decided to seek clarification from the court. The petition will also point out that the Supreme Court order demanding conduct of NEET does not mention the fact that entrance exams were already held in Kerala and Gujarat.