According to the Delhi High Court, the medical aspirants those who have completed their Class XII with biology as an additional subject and also have cleared the medical entrance exam NEET will be given admission to MBBS. A bench of Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Justice A K Chawla held the Medical Council of India’s regulation said that, those who are studying biotechnology or biology as the additional subject during their 12th class level were ineligible to participate in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG) — as “discriminatory and arbitrary”.
“It is held that the petitioners… all of whom had appeared in NEET and qualified in the entrance examination, and were also successful during counselling but not granted final admission in the allotted seats, awaiting the decision in this proceeding, shall be granted final admission,” the bench aforesaid
Under the January 2018 regulation, those candidates who have done biology as the additional subject and have taken more than two years for completing their HSSC and the ones who have completed their class 11th and 12th privately were not considered as eligible for the entrance exams. The court’s verdict pleaded on behalf of students those who have studies biotechnology and biology as the additional subjects.
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They have challenged the regulation, by alleging that before prohibiting the candidates with biology/biotechnology as an additional subject, MCI has not carried out any groundwork of considering rules and procedures of different state boards. They alleged that the sweeping prohibition was brought in without application of mind.
The senior counsel Mr. Vikas Singh and the advocate T Singh Dev appearing for the MCI argued that the NEET system has incorporated by the statutory regulations standardizing the entry of the candidates in the medical field so that only those candidates having the right aptitude, competence and proficiency can gain entry. The MCI’s heated argument was not acknowledged by the High court and it said that “Lack of any empirical study supporting the MCI’s conclusion — that those who qualify from regular scholastic study in the 10+2 exams with additional subjects of biology/biotechnology either at one go, or after a year, do so without laboratory experience — render Regulation 4 (2) (a) to that extent arbitrary…”