NEET is not mandatory for Abroad MBBS admissions this year: High court

The Hon’ble Delhi High Court today exempted the students from NEET who want to pursue MBBS abroad for this year only. Earlier Delhi high court exempted those students who did not applied for NEET to take admissions abroad. However in present petition the high court ordered to exempt even NEET disqualified candidates as a one time exemption for taking MBBS admissions abroad.

The students can now enroll into MBBS course abroad those who have not registered NEET and also not qualified NEET as the amendments to regulations were made last minute and the implementation was arbitrary without giving students proper time to prepare for NEET.

Earlier, MCI has by its notification dated 01.03.2018, published in the newspapers on 08.03.2018, amended the Eligibility Criteria for students seeking admission to foreign medical universities/overseas medical course as under “Indian Citizens/Overseas Citizens of India intending to obtain primary medical qualification from any medical institution outside India, on or after May 2018, shall have to mandatory qualify ‘National-Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) to MBBS course’. The result of NEET shall deem to be treated as the Eligibility Certificate for such persons, provided that such persons fulfills the Eligibility Criteria for admission to the MBBS course prescribed in the Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997.”

Petitioner Shahul Hameed along with 56 other students filed Writ Petition Civil: 8091/2018 in Delhi High Court through Advocate Viraj Kadam challenging the MCI’s above notification. On hearing the advocates plea, Hon’ble High Court made it one time exemption from NEET for this year only i.e., 2018.

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