November 19, 2010

Supreme Court frowns at health ministry for opposing combined AIPMT, AIEEE from 2011

The Supreme Court on Friday frowned at the health ministry's opposition to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) proposal to hold a single examination for class XII passouts for medical and engineering colleges at the all-India level by integrating AIPMT and AIEEE.

When counsel for health ministry Aman Ahluwalia cited logistical problems in conducting a single test and subsequent counselling for students, a Bench comprising Justices R V Raveendran and A K Patnaik wondered as to how it could go back on its word.

CBSE's counsel, senior advocate Altaf Ahmed, drew the Bench's attention to the minutes of a joint meeting of representatives of both health and HRD ministries as well as CBSE, Medical Council of India ( MCI) and Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) where everyone agreed to the proposal to integrate AIPMT and AIEEE.

The Bench said: "Your objection appears to be technical as you (the health ministry) had clearly mentioned in your affidavit that you shared the concern and commitment of CBSE to ensuring that the examination system is designed in a manner where it maximizes the choices afforded to candidates and minimizes the stress, expenses and inconveniences."

If that was so, then the health ministry must reconsider its objections within two weeks and convey its decision to the court, the Bench said. An affidavit filed by assistant director-general (medical education) Mangla Kohli stated that the difficulties in a combined entrance examination were not insurmountable but required ironing out of lot of creases.

While the All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Examination (AIPMT) is conducted to fill in 15% seats in MBBS/BDS courses in government medical and dental colleges against the all-India quota, the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) is for drawing up a combined merit list for different categories of engineering colleges. CBSE conducts both AIPMT and AIEEE every year.

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