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NEET: SLP to be filed in apex court,
Hyderabad, Nov 09: The State government has decided to file a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court seeking a two-year exemption from National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for admission into MBBS course.

Health Minister D.L. Ravindra Reddy told media persons here on Tuesday that Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy had already written to Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad that it would be appropriate for the Intermediate students who would complete their course in 2013-14 to appear for the national common entrance test. However, there was no response yet from the Centre.

The Intermediate students who joined in the academic year 2010-11 were prepared only for the State-level EAMCET to be held in May next year. Thus asking them to appear for NEET whose curriculum was different from that of EAMCET would create problems for them.

The State would need more time to prepare the students for the NEET as its curriculum was different, he said.

The Health Minister would once again meet Mr. Azad in New Delhi and explain the constraints of the State in switching over to NEET to be held in May, 2012.

Some States like Maharashtra had already filed the SLP against NEET and it was scheduled to come up for hearing on November 11 and therefore the State was hopeful that its petition would also be taken up along with Maharashtra's petition.

Dr. Ravindra Reddy said that the lack of coordination between the State Council for Higher Education and the NTR Health University had resulted in the present confusion about NEET.

Though the State had given its in-principle consent for NEET, it was not aware that it would have to comply with it from the next year itself.

The Health Minister clarified that the 104 call centre would be run by the Arogyasri Trust and the government would consider accommodating the surplus personnel recruited by the earlier agency for the call centre depending on the necessity and vacancies in other departments.

Source: The Hindu

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