Medical Aspirant Approach Delhi HC Seeking NEET Exemption For Overseas Course, MCI to Consider Plea

Durgesh Rai Durgesh Rai
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A medical aspirant who wishes to pursue studies abroad approached the Delhi High Court seeking to direct the authorities to grant her an eligibility certificate without the pre-requisite NEET qualification, as the course will commence soon in Uzbekistan.

However, as per a March 2019 gazette notification by the Medical Council of India (MCI), NEET, the common level entrance exam conducted for admission to medical courses has been made mandatory for pursuing MBBS courses abroad. 

The student in her plea said that she intends to pursue the undergraduate medical course from Bukhara State Medical Institute, Uzbekistan, and the last date of admission for the course is August 20.

Furthermore, the plea said as the NEET examination in India is scheduled for September 13, it may not be possible for her to meet the eligibility.

Following which, the student has asked the Delhi High Court to direct the authorities to grant her one-time exemption from the requirement of having to clear the NEET exam for admission into the medical course.

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In response to the plea, Justice V Kameswar Rao directed the MCI in consultation with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to consider the petition as a representation and decide it in three weeks.

"Appropriate shall be, for this court to dispose of the writ petition directing the Medical Council of India/respondent No 1 in consultation with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to consider the writ petition as a representation and dispose of the same within a period of three weeks from today and communicate the decision to the petitioner," the court said.

The court also took on record the submission made by MCI's counsel T Singhdev and Ankit Raj, who appeared for the Centre, that the authorities shall expeditiously comply with the court's order.

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