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Ayush Admissions 2017-18 in UP via Entrance Test, Not NEET, says Allahabad HC

The Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court has overturned UP Government’s decision to conduct 2017-18 Admissions in AYUSH Under Graduate courses via NEET 2017 Merit List.
The government of Uttar Pradesh had announced on July 7th 2017 that admissions to AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and naturopathy, Yunani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) will be based on merit list prepared as per NEET 2017.
Ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, unani, siddha and homoeopathy are part of Ayush courses.
A bench of justice DK Upadhyay passed the order on a writ petition moved by Amit Kumar and others.
The petitioners had challenged the state government’s order issued on July 7, providing that for academic session 2017-18, the students for AYUSH course would be taken on the basis of the merit list of the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET).
It was argued that  a application for NEET was invited on January 31, 2017 which did not mention the said condition that AYUSH admissions would be taken by NEET merit list but all of a sudden, government issued another order on July 7, which came as a surprise for AYUSH aspirants.
Besides it, the central government’s order of April 26, 2107 mandated AYUSH admissions from NEET list from academic session 2018-19 whereas it provided that if not possible for session 2017-18, the state government may take admission through a common entrance test.
Considering the circumstances, the bench said, “The State Government has chosen to make admission to these courses on the basis of NEET which has taken many students desirous of taking admission to AYUSH undergraduate courses by surprise.
“It has also resulted in denial of fundamental right of their participation in entrance test for the reason that many students might not have made their applications pursuant to the advertisement issued for NEET for the reason that it was never ever made known to them that admission to AYUSH under graduate courses shall be made through NEET even for the academic session 2017-2018,” the court said.
The court had asked the state counsel to obtain detailed instruction on the issue  Tuesday. After considering reply of the state government, the court set aside the state government’s order of July 10, 2017.
The court further was of the view that prior to inviting applications for NEET, aspirants were not informed that the selection for admission for AYUSH courses would be made through NEET list.
“Prima facie, the decision of the state government appears to be not founded on any reasonable ground or rationale”, observed the bench.

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