'National level medical entrance from 2013'

Mumbai: The Medical Council of India (MCI) on Monday informed the Bombay High Court that the Centre has decided to hold the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) from 2013-14 and not from the academic year 2012-13.

MCI counsel Ganesh Gole submitted before the court a communication received on December 30, 2011 from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to this effect.

According to the communication, the Union Ministry has decided to introduce the common entrance test for all medical courses offered by all colleges across the country as several states sought more time to implement new system of admissions.

The court was hearing a bunch of petitions filed by the Maharashtra government, the Association of Management of Private Unaided and Dental Colleges of Maharashtra and a student Angad Randive.

The petitions had challenged legality and validity of MCI's notification issued on December 12, 2010 to hold a common eligibility-cum-entrance test on May 13, 2012.

Randive in his petition stated that the NEET syllabus was content-wise heavier than the MH-CET, the common entrance examination held by Maharashtra government.