Sankalp, an NGO, on Monday filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking a review of its judgement scrapping the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), a medical entrance exam for filling MBBS, BDS and post-graduation seats in various government and private colleges.
The plea, filed through Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, has sought a review of the July 18 judgement that had quashed NEET on the ground that it violated the right of private institutions to carry on business and the right of minority institutions to establish and manage educational institutions.
The NGO also stated that there would be rampant corruption in the absence of NEET. In fact, in the very second paragraph of the judgement, it has been observed 'as the learned Chief Justice is to retire within a few days, I have to be quick and therefore, also short. Prior to preparation of our draft judgements, we had no discussion on the subject due to paucity of time'', It is respectfully submitted that this observation in the minority judgement makes it all the more necessary that the aforesaid judgement is reviewed, it said.
One of the important considerations of conducting NEET is to check the corruption and checking admissions of non deserving candidates in medical colleges. Recently, one TV channel had carried out a sting operation, which showed how private medical colleges sell seats for huge money. The majority judgment completely erred in observing that there has not been any complaint of maladministration in the admission process in these private colleges, the petition said.
Medical council of India conducts the NEET to check the money making process in private medical colleges, which has been going on for many years.