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In an important judgment, the Supreme Court today ruled that the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) will apply to private unaided minority professional institutes for admission into MBBS, MD, BDS and MDS courses (Christian Medical College Vellore Association v. Union of India).
The judgment was passed by a three-judge Bench of Justices Arun Mishra, Vineet Saran, and MR Shah.
The Bench was called upon to judge the validity of the amendment made to Section 10D of the Indian Medical Council Act of 1956, regulations thereunder, and similar provisions inserted in the Dentists Act & Regulations. The petitioners had argued that these amendments impinged upon the rights of private minority institutions, as NEET was imposed upon them.
This argument of not accepting NEET was primarily made on the basis that all these private minority institutions had their own entrance exams.