Lawlessness cannot be created here, says SC on CMC's plea

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Last Updated: Tue, Jan 28th, 2020, 01:33:03hrs
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New Delhi, Jan 27 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday expressed its discontent while reserving the order on a plea seeking separate entrance test, other than the NEET, for taking admission in the Vellore-based Christian Medical College (CMC).

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra and comprising Justice Indira Banerjee was hearing a matter in connection with this issue.

"Lawlessness cannot be created in this country. NEET is going to stay in the country... this court will not go back," said Justice Mishra.

As the counsel representing the Christian Medical College contended this it is an institution of excellence, Justice Mishra replied the same issue has come again for the very same college.

"Minority rights should not be used against NEET," he said, insisting the matter has been extensively covered and there is no need for a fresh challenge.

The court observed that there are certain systems existing in the country, and running effectively, and against the backdrop of this set up, the court should not interfere.

Reserving the order, the top court said the matter will be decided in the light of other cases where the same college was involved. It observed that extensive hearing had already been done regarding the issue covering all the aspects.

The Tamil Nadu Health Department has accorded a special status to the Christian Medical College in the MBBS admission process. The prospectus of the college had said 100 MBBS seats in the college come under special category, and the allotment would be according to the rules and regulation of the CMC.

A single window counselling mechanism has been made for all other self-financing colleges affiliated to the state medical university. Under this mechanism, the colleges surrender about 35-50 per cent of the seats for admission under government quota and the remaining seats come under the purview of management quota. The state follows NEET-based rank list and applies 69 per cent reservation.

The CMC was exempted from the process last year.

A petition was filed in the apex court seeking separate entrance test for taking admission in medical colleges other than NEET.

Reportedly in 2017, the century-old college took part in the single-window counselling and only admitted one student for MBBS course. In 2018, during counselling, all 100 seats were declared as management quota seats.

According to reports last year, parents of several students in the 1200 ranking were disappointed, as for the second year in a row, as they could not get admission in CMC, which charges low fees compared to most self-financing colleges.

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