Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-04-28 20:13 Bengaluru: With Apex Court clearing decks for the single common entrance test for MBBBS, BDS and PG courses through National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) on Thursday, students seeking admission to various medical colleges will have to write All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Test (AIPMT) scheduled for May 1. According to the order, the examination will be considered as the first phase of NEET and the second phase of NEET is scheduled for July 24. However, combined results will be announced on Aug 17. The schedule for the exam was proposed by the Central government and Medical Council of India (MCI) to the court. State students who could not apply for AIPMT (scheduled for May 1) will be allowed to apply in the second phase of NEET to be held on July 24, said Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) executive director DS Ramesh. In this backdrop, a meeting of all stakeholders will be convened to deliberate over issues related to NEET exam, said Dr SS Harsoor, director, state medical education department. The Supreme Court’s order will now render over 90 medical admission tests being held across the country for admissions, null and void. However, the decision to hold the entrance exam through NEET was opposed by Tamil Nadu and Association of Karnataka Medical Colleges besides minority institutions like CMC Vellore saying it is illegal and unconstitutional. It may be recalled here that on April 11, the Apex court had recalled its controversial judgement scrapping single common entrance test for admission to MBBS, BDS and PG courses in all medical colleges delivered by then Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir on the day of his retirement. Besides, Sankalp Charitable Trust, an NGO had petitioned in the court that the Centre, MCI and CBSE were dilly-dallying in implementing the NEET Test. It further said that in view of April 11 judgement, decks were cleared for holding of Common Entrance Examination and there was no difficulty in conducting test for admission to medical colleges for 2016-17. The petitioner reasoned that according to a research conducted by it, over 90 entrance examinations were held by private and government authorities, separately for medical admission. "It has been widely noticed that the examinations were not conducted in a free and fair manner and admissions were granted to a few selected students,” the petition said. However, students who have already applied for the CET and studied in the state PU colleges are worried over the whole NEET saga. Shashi Shetty, II PUC student and a medical seat aspirant said he is worried whether he will get a chance to write NEET as he did not apply for the AIPMT exam. “Worse, we have an inferior syllabus, poor labs, outdated teaching methods here. Now, we have to compete with students from CBSE/ ICSE who are better placed,” he said. Moreover, the KEA is apprehensive of CBSE holding such a massive exam in the remote areas of the state. According to an officer from the state higher education department, the KEA holds CET examination even in remote towns of the state as it has better facilities. But the CBSE – responsible for conducting exam – has no knowledge of state geography. “We wonder how CBSE will fare. For, more than 1.20 lakh students are appearing for CET medical. We really worried whether CBSE has the capacity to hold examination for these number of students in a single day,” he added. Meanwhile, with the new order, state medical colleges are set to lose around Rs 200 crores in the form of donation. According to a representative of a private medical college, most of the colleges will suffer big loss this year as they have already sold their management quota seats and blocked a few seats under the All India quota.