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

The Allahabad High Court has directed the UP State Government to hold Common Entrance Test for AYUSH Admissions and complete the admission process by September 30, 2017.

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Updated:July 27, 2017, 11:01 AM IST
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Ayush Admissions 2017-18  in UP via Entrance Test, Not NEET, says Allahabad HC
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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.

A writ petition by Amit Kumar and others was given in the Allahabad High Court challenging the government’s decision to which the court ordered that AYUSH admissions will be carried out on the basis of State Common Entrance Test (CET) for the current session 2017-18 as the State Government’s decision was not announced at the time of NEET 2017 application process in January this year, thereby the govt’s announcement comes as a surprise to AYUSH aspirants and can deter admissions.

The Allahabad High Court has directed the UP State Government to hold Common Entrance Test for AYUSH Admissions and complete the admission process by September 30th 2017.

"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." said the Lucknow bench.

Adding further "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."

In June 2017, the Ministry of AYUSH had decided to standardize the admissions process and attract meritorious students to AYUSH stream by conducting admissions to AYUSH UG courses via merit list based on National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) from the next academic session i.e. 2018-19. However in July first week, the UP government announced that for this year’s AYUSH admissions merit list will be based on NEET 2017.

The Allahabad Court’s order to uphold the State Government’s decision comes as a breather for many AYUSH aspirants who had not participated in NEET 2017 and can now apply for Common Entrance Exam (CET) for admissions in AYUSH UG courses in various institutions in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
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