RAIPUR: With the much-awaited judgment on the results of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to the post-graduation medical courses, which is affecting the future of nearly 90,000 students, not being delivered even today - the last day of Supreme Court's functioning before the summer vacations commence on Monday, the MCI may not have an option but to extend the May 31 deadline for counselling at Medical Colleges. The judgement affects the future of thousands of students from Chhattisgarh, who appeared for 82 medical seats in the state.
Talking to TOI chairman Medical Council of India, Dr KK Talwar, confirmed that the judgement hadn't come today but asserted that "everything" would be done to ensure that students are not affected in any manner. "That's all I can say right now", he said.
The future of 90,000 doctors across the country has been in question, as the results of NEET, which were to be declared on Jan 31, are being held back on the orders of the apex court due to pending litigation. The NEET was conducted in Nov 2012.
Despite MCI chief's claims that the future of the students will not be affected due to the delayed judgement, candidates and their parents do not agree and fear that an academic year may be lost due to the legal wrangling. "If the judgement is delayed even after the opening of the courts on July 1, our children would suffer", said a parent adding that the extension of the counselling date would not help much as the commencement of the academic session would be delayed. "If the apex court gives the judgment in July, the month long counselling sessions would go on till August and would adversely affect the studies of the students", said another parent.
The legal wrangling started with the MCI's proposal of a common entrance test for MBBS, Dental and PG Medical Courses. Private medical and dental colleges, who opposed the proposal, filed a case in the Supreme Court. While ordering the MCI and the states and private colleges to conduct their NEET and entrance exams respectively, the court debarred the declaration of results till the verdict on the case.