A division bench was hearing the petitions filed by the students against the NEET clause, which makes it mandatory for the candidates to have passed the SSC exams from the institute situated in Maharashtra besides candidate possessing a domicile certificate.
After hearing the petitions, the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court provided the relief to the students. The applications of these students were not being accepted because of the change in the rules of NEET UG-2017.
The court directed the government to not to insist on the requirement of having passed the SSC exams from the state based institute.
Petition against the new rule were filed by various students and the petition were being heard by the bench of Justice Anoop Mohta and Justice Sunil Kotwal The new clause of the NEET makes it mandatory for the students to have done the SSC from the institute which is situated in state besides having the domicile of the state. All the students, who filed the petition, have the domicile of the Maharashtra state but have done their secondary education from outside the state.
“In our view, such eleventh hour change of criteria is unjust, unreasonable and affects the rights of further study so contemplated. These rights just cannot be taken away by the state or respective authority by implementing such condition though they have power and authority to bring in and amend the policy decision. The government and other authorities need to take steps to bring such policy after giving appropriate due public notice to the concerned students, so that before joining the course or Class X within or outside the state of Maharashtra, they would be in a position to take effective decisions in advance,” said the bench.