September 25, 2010

PG medical entrance: TN opposes SC for cautious approach

The HRD Ministry's proposal for a single window entrance test for admission to post-graduate courses in medical colleges was today opposed by Tamil Nadu in the Supreme Court which favoured a cautious approach to the issue as students are a "volatile" community. The Centre has supported the new draft regulations of Medical Council of India (MCI) for holding the Combined Entrance Tests (CET) for admission to PG courses in both goverment and private colleges. Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium said there was also a proposal for holding a single window entry test for undergraduate MBBS courses. The Centre and MCI have sought the apex court's approval for the proposal. However, the apex court said it cannot pass any direction in the absence of the notification in this regard or the regulations placed before it. "How can we pass any direction when there is neither notification nor the regulations before us? The state governments are required to be served with notices and they have to be heard," a Bench comprising Justices R V Raveendran and H S Gokhale said. The Bench said a cautious approach has to be taken on the issue as students are a "volatile" community and there are chances that "you (Centre) may land in some other problem". It said there should be a law in this regard and every state should be given opportunity to respond. "Now Tamil Nadu is opposing single window system for admission to PG courses. Several other states may follow them," the Bench said adding "you have to go step by step". "Let us see the reaction in the PG courses, then we will form some opinion," the Bench said adding "we do not want to add any more problem".

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