NMC Makes Important Clarification Regarding NMC Eligibility
Over the last few days, the Supreme Court bench of Justices B.R.Gavai and L.Nageshwar Rao was hearing a case. This pertained to whether or not those candidates who cleared 10+2 as private students were eligible for NEET Exam and MBBS admission or not; and whether they need to submit a separate mark sheet for Class XI.
The National Medical Commission (NMC) recently clarified that 10+2 courses with English and PCB are compulsory to be eligible for the NEET.
Why This Question?
Advocate Shashi Khan was the one to raise the question regarding this validity. He stated that many states like Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Uttarakhand, and Maharashtra have not specified the submission of the Class XI mark sheet. Despite this fact, many centers across the country asked the students to present their Class XI mark sheet during admission.
To this, the NMC counsel Advocate Gaurav Sharma claimed that this particular mark sheet wasn’t required during counseling but at the time of verification of admission. The purpose was to make sure that the student had undergone Class XI study.
Clearing Out the Eligibility Regarding Duration of Education
The SC bench claimed that there were certain states like Himachal Pradesh that were allowing admissions without the Class XI mark sheet. To this, the NMC Counsel claimed that this requirement still remains even in the above-mentioned states.
To juxtapose their stand, Advocate Sharma even referred to the National Open School affidavit in the Delhi High Court, which said that even private students had to complete at least 2 years of study for being eligible for the NEET Exam. This includes completing Class XI and Class XII and having the necessary documentation to prove the same.
Clearing Out the Eligibility Regarding Subjects in 10+2
Once the above submissions were made by the NMC’s lawyer, the bench claimed that many states had actually done away with the Class XI mark sheet requirement. Thus, rejecting the admission on this basis was not valid.
The NMC Counsel further stated that another criterion making the students ineligible was the subjects.
In this context, the NMC made clear that in order to be eligible for MBBS, students must have studied Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English. The absence of even 1 of these will render them ineligible.
Conclusion and What’s Next?
As far as the eligibility criterion regarding “Academic Qualifications” is concerned, the conclusion coming out of this hearing is that in order to be eligible for the NEET Exam, students must have completed all 12 years of school, especially Class 11 and Class 12. They must have passed the examinations of the last 2, having PCB + English as compulsory subjects.
The students must also possess the necessary documentation to prove it, and show their Class XI mark sheet during admission verification.
As far as the present case regarding the petitioner student is concerned, the bench has rejected Advocate Khan’s defenses and claimed that the student has no proof of completion of education after Class 10, pass or fail.
Thus, this matter shall be heard later along with other matters!
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