The Medical Council of India (MCI) had sent out a notification stating that it will conduct a common exam called National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET). As per the notification, private colleges would not be allowed to conduct the exam.
All private colleges and universities had then challenged the validity of the IMA notification and argued in court to allow them to conduct entrance examination. Several state governments have opposed MCI's notification to conduct a single common entrance medical examination and filed petitions in Supreme Court against it.
These private universities and state governments were conducting the entrance exams so far. MCI notification barred them from doing so. The petitions against MCI's notification had contested the validity of the medical body solely conducting the examination and had argued that it was an interference.
The Supreme Court has agreed to examine the validity of the notification on January 15, 16 and17.
The Medical Council of India had conducted the NEET exam last month for the academic year 2012-13. Some private colleges and institutions had already conducted the examination before the notification came out. The ruling today recognises these exams.