The Supreme Court on Monday refused to lower the ‘cut-off percentile’ of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to super-specialty courses, saying doctors have to save the patient’s life. And merit cannot be ignored.
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to lower the ‘cut-off percentile’ of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to super-specialty courses, saying doctors have to save the patient’s life. And merit cannot be ignored. Justice D.Y. A bench of Justice Chandrachud and Justice Surya Kant said that the decision taken not to reduce the ‘percentile’ is a matter of academic policy and cannot be faulted.
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 merit cannot be ignored’. The bench said, “Vac. There are sufficient number of seats available for counseling but the decision not to reduce 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 a direction to reduce the percentile.”
Senior advocate P.S. 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 waste at a time when the country needs doctors. He said that there has been a reduction in the cut-off 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, submitted that the ‘cut-off percentile’ was reduced during the academic year 2019-20 to reduce the number of vacant seats from 809 to 272 due to Covid Could He said that for the academic year 2020-21, the ‘percentile’ was reduced from 50 to 45, which brought down the vacant seats to 91 from more than 900 earlier.
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