Delhi High Court rejects student’s application for permission to sit for NEET-2021 – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has rejected an application by the National Testing Agency (NTA) seeking directions to allow applicants / students under the age of 13 to appear for the entrance test of NEET-2021.

On Tuesday, a bench of Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh dismissed the plea, saying, “We see no reason to entertain the matter. There is no element in it.” We find no reason to lower the age criteria. The court also imposed a fine of Tk 10,000 on the applicant.

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The petitioning student appealed to the court to amend the revised rules regarding the minimum age of 17 years as per December 2021 for the first year UG medical course for students admitted to the entrance examination (NEET-2021) instead of 15 years. Similar to JEE-2021 for UG Engineering course, as it is very important for Indian Medical Council Act 1956.

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The application was made through a minor student advocate Surendra Kumar Yadav.

The Medical Council of India has issued an incomplete notification regarding the age eligible to participate in the entrance examination of MBBS program in Graduate Medical Education 1997. In the notification / regulation, the eligibility criteria for admission in age related medical course is mentioned in paragraph no. 4.1 that “he shall attain the age of 17 years on or before 31st December of the year of admission to MBBS”

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The application states, “The Indian Medical Council Act, 1656 does not specify the age requirement of 17 years of age on or before December 1 of the year of admission to MBBS.”

“The applicant is a minor citizen of India. According to the documents, the date of birth of the applicant is January 26, 2006. The applicant is an intelligent student and has passed his matriculation in 2019 and Class XII in 2021,” the application added.

The petitioner said that he is suffering a lot mentally and emotionally day by day because he is not able to complete the registration on the website, the petitioner’s lawyer argued.

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Classmates of the applicant are appearing for NEET-2021 but due to 13 months of problems, the applicant cannot even fill the online form for the entrance exam, the applicant said.

“It would also be a violation of the fundamental rights enshrined in Articles 14, 16, 19 and 21 of the Constitution of India.

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