As per reported by Tribune News Service, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed Shri Krishna Ayush University (SKAU) to invite the non-NEET qualified candidates interested to seek admission to AYUSH courses in various institutions in the state.
The order was passed by Justice Mahesh Grover and Justice Arun Monga on Monday on the petition filed by Rohtak-based JR Kissan Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital.
The High Court directed to hold counselling for the candidates who were unable to crack NEET along with the pre-scheduled counselling.
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Dr Suresh K Nandal, Director of the Institute told ‘The Tribune’ reporters on Tuesday that the petition was filed, challenging a communication issued by the Union government. The petitioner had sought the court’s permission to admit non-NEET qualified candidates to AYUSH courses in view of the confusion over whether NEET was mandatory for AYUSH courses also.
According to Dr. Nandal, more than 35 per cent seats in AYUSH courses are lying vacant owing to the non-availability of NEET qualified candidates.
Meanwhile, the Bench made it clear that preference would be given to the candidates who have the NEET eligibility while holding the counselling and granting admissions to the students for BAMS and BHMS including the students who have not cleared NEET,
The Bench referred to orders passed by the Patna High Court and Rajasthan High Court while hearing similar petitions.
The interim order reads, “For the students without the NEET eligibility, who are granted admission, a specific stipulation would be indicated that the same would remain subject to final outcome of the writ petition.”
Dr Krishan Kumar Jatain, Registrar, SKAU, said the counselling for the NEET qualified was in process. The registration and admission process of the non-NEET candidates would be completed in the mop-up round to be held from November 15, he added. He also said that about 350 seats were lying vacant in various colleges.