As per the petition, the said upper age limit is not supported by any appropriate regulation or procedure prescribed by the regulations framed under the MCI Act.
Updated on 17 Feb 2017 | Source IndianExpress
It seems the debate over age limit criteria, introduced in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) this year, will not end soon as the Allahabad high court has sought reply from the Medical Council of India (MCI), the Centre and the CBSE on the procedure adopted for setting of the upper age limit.
This order was passed on February 15 by a division bench in Lucknow comprising justices Amreshwar Pratap Sahi and Sanjay Harkauli. The Court was hearing two writ petitions, filed by Navaneet Tripathi and 22 others, raising a common question relating to the issue of upper age limit of 25 years prescribed for NEET 2017.
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The application form is already out and the exam is scheduled to be conducted on May 7. As per the petition, the said upper age limit is not supported by any appropriate regulation or procedure prescribed by the regulations framed under the MCI Act.
It was also submitted that the introduction of this upper age limit, which was not there earlier, being not in conformity with law, deserves to be struck down. The counsels for the Centre and the MCI produced some documents related to prescribing upper age limit in NEET.
“In view of the aforesaid documents that have been placed before the Court, the stand of the Medical Council of India as well as that of the Union government has to be brought on record by way of an affidavit as to what was the procedure adopted for the purpose of fixing the upper age limit of 25 years for NEET examination,” the court said.
Terming it as an urgent matter, the court expected that the Centre and the MCI both shall file their counter affidavits (reply) on this issue by February 20, the next date of hearing, as the matter requires an immediate disposal.