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SC Urges Central Govt. and MCI to Respond on Plea for NEET Aspirants in Gulf Countries

New Delhi: On July 29, after receiving pleas from 4,000 NEET aspirants, Supreme Court asked the Central Government and Medical Council of India (MCI) to give a suitable response on setting up NEET exam centers in Gulf countries. The bench headed by Justice L Nageswara was behind issuing the notice to the Central Government and the MCI.

The plea of those 4000 aspirants proposed to postpone the exam until the pandemic situation eases down. Parents belonging to Doha, Qatar, Oman and UAE sought response from the highest dignitaries after Kerala High Court rejected their proposal.

Criticizing NTA, Abdul Azeez, the general secretary of Kerala Muslim Culture Center in Qatar said that if the authority wants, they can open NEET exam centers in Gulf countries as they have done for JEE Main.

The plea to the Supreme Court mentioned that NTA would only open examination centers if MCI gives a green signal. On the other end, MCI on May 21 had conveyed the message to the apex government that NEET 2020 online examination is not possible.

The plea said, “During these exceptional circumstances, the MCI and the Union government need to be flexible so as to facilitate these students to sit for NEET.”

A lot of students from the Gulf countries had tried to travel to India via the Vande Bharat Mission flights in order to sit for NEET examination to get themselves enrolled in MBBS and BDS courses in medical colleges. However, they could not get hold of seats on these flights as they are prioritizing those who are stuck abroad.