Riyaz Ul Khaliq
J&K government is filing a review petition before the Supreme Court to become party in an ongoing case seeking a single all-India entry test for admission in the medical colleges. Invoking special status, the government will seek exemption from implementing the earlier order.
BOPEE has been asked to continue with the routine yearly process and held the entry test as scheduled. Tests are slated for May 15 and 16.
“We have drafted the petition and we will be filing it within a couple of days,” Commissioner Law and Parliamentary Affairs M Ashraf told Kashmir Life. “We have not been part of this petition.”
Supreme Court has ordered all Medical Colleges in India training MBBS, BDS and Post Graduate Medical education seats to take candidates after National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). The All India Pre-Medical and Dental Test (AIPMT) is being conducted on May 1, 2016.
The court has ruled that candidates from all the leftover colleges or states which are not part of the all India test should be examined on July 24. Results of both the examinations would be declared on August 17.
Ashraf said that this is for the first time that the apex court has directed that the test should not have any exemptions. In all earlier orders J&K, Andhra Pradesh, private medical colleges and all minority colleges were exempted from the all India test.
“We are going to the court with our defence,” the Commissioner said. “We are covered by Article 370 that gives us rights to retain lot many things and it was on this basis that earlier similar orders did not touch us.”
The government is not disrupting the BOPEE held CET that is already scheduled. Sources said the government is hopeful that the highest court will not overrule the earlier precedence on record.
Another officer said that even if the state government fails to convince the Supreme Court, it would not mean entry on non-local students getting into the medical colleges in Srinagar and Jammu. “The only thing that will happen is that we will have to get the candidates from the all India list,” the officer said. “It is not going to be NIT-II.”