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May 13, 2013 at 09:18am IST

SC verdict on NEET today, 90,000 medical aspirants wait and watch

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Monday decide the fate of 90,000 medical aspirants after it takes a decision on National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) or the common entrance test for MBBS, Dental and PG medical courses. This comes more than a month after a CNN-IBN sting operation exposed how PG medical seats were being sold in black in clear violation of a Supreme Court order.

Meanwhile, it was the students who had been caught in the line of fire. A Supreme Court order had put a stay on the admission process pending its NEET verdict leaving the fate of close to 90,000 medical aspirants hanging in the balance. The suspense has been leading to anger and frustration.

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PG aspirant Dr Ravi Shankar said, "What is the Supreme Court doing? I have been to the court and our matter never comes up for hearing. Summer vacations are about to start. What happens then?" Another PG aspirant Dr Ankita said, "I am one of the PG aspirants. I am jobless. I need an answer right now. The delay is creating mass agony."

Upset with the delay in the admission process, medical students had been organising protest rallies and dharnas across the country demanding a single admission test.

The medical education standoff started with the MCI proposing a common entrance test for MBBS, Dental and PG Medical Courses. Opposing this, Private Medical and Dental Colleges moved the Supreme Court. Asking for time, the apex court ordered the MCI to conduct NEET and also allowed all states and private colleges to conduct their entrance exams but not declare results till the court's verdict is out.

The delay in the Supreme Court verdict had been becoming a source of angst among aspiring medicos who feel the system is working hand in glove with private colleges. Will medical education get a new lease of life with NEET or will the circle of corruption continue?