As per the report of Times of India, the High Court of Patna has set aside the order issued by the Ministry of AYUSH on February 12, 2018, which has directed all the states governments to take admission to AYUSH courses on the basis of NEET exam only and allowed the colleges to take admission in Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS) courses even without NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test).
The petition challenging the order was filed by the association of Bihar Private Unani Medical Colleges after the Bihar Government issued a letter state the information issued by the ministry of Ayush on March 23, but by then the last date for submission of NEET application which was March 9 was already over.
The Judgement was given by the single judge bench comprising Justice Chakradhari Sharan Singh on October 10. The Judgement stated that candidates who have not appeared for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) can also apply for BUMS course which is offered by Government Tibbi College, Patna only in the state.
The petitioners’ council Abhinav Shrivastava and Raushan argued in addition, that the Central Council for Indian Medicine, the regulatory body has not amended the regulation that the NEET exam (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) is compulsory for admission in BUMS courses when it framed the regulations with respect to admission in Ayush colleges in the year 2016. The Ministry could not exercise such changes through an executive order.
The Court had asked for the reply on the issue from the centre and centre was not able to satisfy the court with its reply. The decision of the court is bound to bring ramification in the country.
Recently, Karnataka High Court also passed the order which suggested the state government to admit non-NEET students for AYUSH courses.