The Bombay High Court (HC) on Friday refused to relax the admission criteria for the current academic year in the state’s homoeopathy and Ayurveda colleges.
Currently, a minimum 50-per cent score in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is required for admission to homoeopathy and Ayurveda colleges. The petitioners – the Association of Management of Homoeopathic Colleges of Maharashtra and the Association of Management of Ayurvedic Medical Colleges of Maharashtra – sought exemption on the rule stating that half the seats in their colleges were vacant.
The petitioners informed the bench that the rules decided by the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) were not in conformity with the Central Council of Indian Medicine (IMCC) Act, 1970. Further, the counsel for the petitioners stated that Karnataka and Punjab Haryana HC had given relief to similar pleas.
A bench of Justices SC Dharmadhikari and Gautam Patel on Friday refused to grant interim relief and kept the petition pending. The bench considered that the norms were formulated by the Medical Council after following the due process and, therefore, no intervention by the court was required.