The Patna High Court last week quashed a press communique issued by the State government, prescribing that admissions to Ayurvedic, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) courses shall only be allowed through National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).
The judgement was delivered by Justice Chakradhari Sharan Singh, while hearing a petition filed by the Association of Private Unani Medical Colleges in the State of Bihar through its Secretary Md. Shafiur Rahman. The petition had challenged the press communique dated 23 March, 2018, issued in compliance with a letter issued by the Union Ministry of AYUSH. The court pointed out that NEET is held for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses in the light of the provisions under Section 10D of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 and Section 10D of the Dentists Act, 1948.
It then opined that NEET qualification cannot be thrust upon AYUSH courses in the absence of any amendment to the Indian Medical Central Council Act, 1970 or the Indian Medicine Central Council (Minimum Standards of Education in Indian Medicine) Amendment Regulations, 2016. Further, on a comparison of the Regulations regulating admission to the Unani course and the information bulletin for NEET 2018, the court found that NEET does not take into account the eligibility conditions of admission to Unani (UG) Courses and is not structured for admissions to such courses.