The Supreme Court (SC) has permitted Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) to participate in NEET 2021 counselling in the general category, which is a major move. However, the SC has only granted authority for this year. The SC granted the interim ruling after OCI applicants filed a writ petition opposing the Centre’s notification treating OCIs as Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) during college admissions.
The Supreme Court issued an interim decision directing the National Testing Agency (NTA) to announce OCI applicants’ results and treat them as general category candidates during the counselling session. A bench of Justices Abdul Nazeer and Krishna Murari issued the interim ruling. The remaining concerns cited in the petition will be heard by the SC bench on October 20.
“We believe that the petitioners are entitled to be deemed eligible for all medical seats that the OCIs were eligible for prior to the issuing of the impugned notice of March 4, 2021, at least for the present academic year 2021-2022.” As a consequence, we instruct the NTA to release the results of the petitioner’s NEET UG 2021 test, and qualified petitioners are authorised to apply for general category counselling. This injunction is only valid for the school year 2021-2022, according to SC.
“Inclusion is a hallmark of our nation. Non-citizens may be brought in and given citizenship. These are unmistakably Indians. It’s possible that they’ve left the country. Section 9 must have been affirmed a number of times at this point. But we’re dealing with a pressing issue right now, which is the notification,” Justice Nazeer said.
“In terms of notice, they were not possessing these benefits or rights,” Justice Krishna Murari said. These benefits and powers were bestowed upon them by you. And then you went on to explain that you abruptly retracted that. Where do they have to go from here? The convenience balance is in their favour. This seems to be the case since, under Article 14, such a notice might be ruled arbitrary. What exactly do you mean when you say “prima facie”? They could be important when it comes to ultimate termination. However, they may not appear in the interim.”
Aishwarya Bhati, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) for the centre, said that OCIs have the right to take the NEET 2021 test, however the seats are reserved for NRIs. “They can’t come for the Indian seats,” Bhatti said.
The Supreme Court said that these students do not have enough money as NRIs to pay their tuition under the NRI quota. “I’m not sure why this content has changed all of a sudden. We have no idea what situation they’re in. They had reasonable expectations that the test would be held this year, and that they would have to sit in the NRI quota as a requirement of the exam. Participation in counselling for a certain quota is solely determined by the year of the test, not before that. “Now that they’ve passed the test, you’re telling them they’ll have to pay an NRI quota charge,” SC stated.
Meanwhile, the National Testing Agency (NTA) is anticipated to disclose the answer key for the NEET 2021 entrance test shortly. The NTA is expected to reveal the NEET 2021 entrance test result a few days after the NEET 2021 entrance exam answer key is released.
Source: DNA India