The petitioners had challenged the state government's order issued on July 7, providing that for academic session2017-18, 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 the 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.
The court had asked the state counsel to obtain detailed instruction on the issue on 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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