A five-member bench headed by Supreme Court Justice Anil Dave adjourned the single common entrance case for medical admissions to April 7, 2016. The Apex Court also directed the AP, Telangana governments and management associations to file their counter replies by March 31, 2016.
The higher and technical education department, Maharashtra Government, is planning for a single Common Entrance Test (CET) for admission to medical and engineering colleges across the state. Last year, the government decided to have a single entrance test so that students do not have to appear for multiple tests, thereby reducing the stress and anxiety suffered by them.
Karnataka state government has suddenly taken a new decision that eventually led to widespread confusion over CET and COMEDK. Law aims to determine admissions and fees for undergraduate engineering programs in the state.
To amend the act, there is a need for a formula. We are in the process of framing one. The government has formed fee-fixation and admission-monitoring committees headed by retired high court judges. Everything will be done at the appropriate time related to the deadline to fix fees
The panel has recommended a unified admission test for all undergraduate, post graduate and PhD programs for all Central Universities. It is likely to be modeled in the same line as the Common Admission Test (CAT) for MBA programs.
For admission to class VI, no previous qualification is deemed as mandatory. However, for admission in class IX, a candidate should have passed class VIII from a government recognized school. The authorities have also made it clear that students studying in Class VIII are eligible to appear in the entrance test for class IX.
The new move has made it mandatory for private medical colleges to send the names of shortlisted candidates for admissions in the management quota to Dr. N.T.R. University of Health Sciences (NTRUHS) for final approval. The private colleges will also be required to prepare a merit list to ensure that candidates with deep pockets do not block the entire medical seats.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan upheld the stand of the government and said “the impugned measures providing for admission on the basis of common entrance test (CET) are reasonable”. There were two separate petitions from the Himachal Private Universities Management Association and Private Technical Institutions Associations.
However, the government will require amending a law to pave the way for this change. As per an announcement made by R.V. Deshpande, the Higher Education Minister, he was already consulting the law department about the legal feasibility of the proposed move.