On the issue of conducting separate tests for admissions in MBBS and BDS courses, the Supreme Court agreed to hear petitions by some states and private medical colleges, seeking permission to continue with these separate tests. The court is set to hear the plea on 3 May.
The apex court today also set up a three-member panel to oversee functioning of the Medical Council of India (MCI) with regard to the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET). The panel will be headed by former Chief Justice of India, RM Lodha.
The top court today also upheld the provisions of a Madhya Pradesh law which enables the government to have 50 per cent shares in management seats in private dental colleges.
According to the schedule, the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) scheduled for 1 May was treated as NEET's first round.
However, those who have not applied for AIPMT will be given the opportunity to appear in round two, on 24 July.
The combined result will be declared on 17 August, in order to complete the admission process by 30 September, the deadline set by the apex court in its previous orders.