Supreme Court denies interference in ‘cut off’ marks of NEET super specialty courses

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The Supreme Court on Monday refused to lower the ‘cut-off percentile’ for admission to super-specialty courses of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) and said doctors would have to save the life of the patient. and qualification cannot be overlooked.

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to lower the ‘cut-off percentile’ for admission to super-specialty courses of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) and said doctors would have to save the life of the patient. and qualification cannot be overlooked. Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Surya Kant said that the decision has been taken not to lower the ‘percentile’ which is a matter of academic policy and cannot be misconstrued.

The bench said that the reasons given by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare cannot be treated as irrelevant and arbitrary as “doctors have to save the lives of patients and the merit cannot be overlooked”. Adequate number of candidates are available for counseling on seats, but the decision not to lower the percentile is based on not compromising on merit. Whether the percentile should be further reduced is a matter of academic policy. In such circumstances it is not possible for the court to entertain a petition seeking direction to lower the percentile.”

Senior advocate P.S., appearing for the petitioners seeking reduction in the ‘cut-off’. Patwalia argued that out of the total seats for the academic year 2021-22, 940 seats are still vacant. He said that if the ‘cut off’ is not reduced, then these seats will go to waste at a time when the country needs doctors. He said the ‘cut-off’ has been reduced from time to time and the ministry has reduced the ‘cut-off’ for other courses this year.

Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, appearing for the Centre, said the ‘cut-off percentile’ was reduced during the academic year 2019-20 to reduce the number of vacant seats from 809 to 272 during the academic year 2019-20. Could. He said that for the academic year 2020-21, the ‘percentile’ was reduced from 50 to 45 thereby reducing the vacant seats to 91 from over 900 earlier.

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