The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to MCI suggestions that the vacant post-graduate seats in UP private unaided medical colleges could be filled up as per the order of merit in the All-India National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) list.
A bench of Justices A. M Khanwilkar and Indu Malhotra said this while hearing a matter of Uttar Pradesh during which the Medical Council of India (MCI) said that almost 41.95 per cent of post-graduate medical seats for academic year 2018-2019 in private unaided medical colleges in the state of Uttar Pradesh have remained vacant.
The bend noted on its order that “we find this suggestion to be most appropriate and also ease the grievance of the private medical colleges and open up new opportunity to the aspiring candidates in the merit list who otherwise could not secure admission in other medical colleges”
Pinky Anand, Additional Solicitor General (ASG), who appeared for the Centre, suggested to the bench that “a similar allowance can be followed in other states, if they desire, while ensuring that the cut-off date of 31st May 2018 is strictly adhered to”
The top court asked the Director General of Medical Education of Uttar Pradesh to take immediate steps in this regard, ensuring that the cut-off date of May 31, 2018, was adhered to in its letter and spirit
The ASG and MCI’s counsel assured the apex court that its order would be forthwith published on the official websites of MCI, Medical Counselling Committee and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
However the bench also made it clear “that in the guise of recommending names of candidates to private colleges, the candidate who has already secured admission elsewhere cannot be permitted to resign from the concerned college to avail of the opportunity under the stated dispensation.”
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