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Delhi HC grants one-time exemption to NEET ‘unqualified’ candidates

Published on Sep 28 2018 | Updated on Sep 28 2018
Delhi HC grants one-time exemption to NEET ‘unqualified’ candidates
The Delhi High Court has declared that students who have not qualified the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) are eligible to enroll in an overseas medical college this year.The High Court while hearing a petition of medical aspirants granted a one-time exemption.
The high court has asked the Medical Council of India (MCI) to issue eligibility certificate to aspirants within one week. The court observed, “this court hereby declares that the petitioners are entitled to the same treatment as was given to those who did not appear in NEET; as a one- time measure, the respondents are directed to ensure that eligibility certificates are issued to all students who appeared in NEET (including the petitioners) but did not qualify the test.”
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) in February this year had approved the proposal of the MCI to make it mandatory to pass NEET to obtain an eligibility certificate (EC) to pursue courses in foreign medical colleges. This was seen as a major drawback for many students.
However, in a major relief to the students who did not register for NEET this year, the Delhi High Court had recently announced a one-time exemption.