September 23, 2010

Students seek single-window medical entrance, SC finds merit in petition

The Supreme Court has admitted an urgent application jointly signed by medical students from across the country seeking a single-window system for MBBS/BDS or PG courses at the all-India level to prevent “rampant seat blockage/wastage and seats being sold for crores”.
A Bench of Justices R V Raveendran and H L Gokhale took “serious note” of the application seeking intervention in an already pending litigation filed by doctors against the Union of India in which, as per the application, the government on August 13, 2010 recorded its approval for a Medical Council of India proposal to amend regulations relating to courses of graduate and postgraduate students by providing “a single eligibility-cum-entrance examination”.

The court had on August 13, 2010 given the government three weeks to notify the single-window scheme and place it on record, it said.

The contents of the students’ application, the court said in a short hearing on Friday, were reflective of the ground realities.

Advocate Avdesh Chaudhary, lawyer for the students, said his clients were “medical students belonging to the middle-class strata of the society, who have very limited resources for pursuing medical studies in private colleges and have either pursued or are pursuing or will have to pursue in government medical colleges”.

The students’ representative in the application, Dr Prashant Kumar Sharma, told The Indian Express that they “have been or are victims of the present system of admission process for medical education in one way or the other as large number of seats go either vacant and subsequently are manipulated and filled for financial considerations in various government medical colleges.

“In the wake of the directions dated 13/08/2010 given by this Hon’ble court for introduction of ‘Single Window Scheme’ for the undergraduate and postgraduate courses, these medical students wish to demonstrate the urge, necessity and overwhelming facts for strict and urgent implementation of the directions,” the application stated.

The students complained they have been denied of the chance for a second round of counseling to the 15 per cent all-India quota of medical seats because of the lapse shown by states to adhere to the time schedule.

They argued in favour of a uniform admission process, explaining that the “whole ideology of having a single-window system for admission to medical courses has its own rationale as students, after being successful in the entrance examination undergo one counseling and are offered confirmed seats in medical colleges and there is no scope of having students being offered/allotted multiple seats in different medical colleges”.

Right now, all those seats later vacated by these candidates go unreported and vacant and genuine and meritorious students do not get the opportunity to pursue medical courses, which give rise to seats being manipulated for monetary consideration, they said. It was submitted that many seats in PG medical courses go waste every year due to the fact that students resign mid-session when they get better branches in the exam of some other institute.

“Even in the apex institute of the country — AIIMS — 54 seats in January 2010 session and 8 seats in July 2010 session have been simply wasted due to mid-session resignations when the students have got a better branch in other institute. As many as 88 seats in AIPGME have been similarly wasted for the year 2010-2011,” the students said in their petition.

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Jhon smith said...

really students need it. hope SC will do for them.

Bhima shankar said...

SC needs to judge right decision. hope that they will do it.



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