SC quashes 3-year-old med PG admissions of 8 docs

SC quashes 3-year-old med PG admissions of 8 docs

Students pleaded that those who are on the verge of completing their PG courses be allowed to complete their studies and appear in examinations.

To preserve merit, the Supreme Court quashed admissions of eight MBBS doctors to postgraduate medical courses based on the Calcutta HC's interim orders in 2019 saying the HC ignored the principles of merit and the SC-fixed May 31 deadline for completion of admission process.

A bench of Justices Ajay Rastogi and CT Ravikumar on Monday allowed the appeal filed by National Medical Council, which had challenged the HC directed admission of eight MBBS doctors. NMC said students had failed to secure admission to PG courses on the basis of merit and had moved HC for grant of admission against seats which remained vacant even after mop up round of counselling.

The students had appeared in NEET-PG 2019. They had moved the HC much after the last date for admission, May 31, 2019, even though they had failed to secure admissions in PG courses after participating in the last round of counselling. First, the high court through interim orders granted them provisional admission and later regularised them.

Students pleaded that those who are on the verge of completing their PG courses be allowed to complete their studies and appear in examinations.

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"Otherwise, they will lose three precious years and neither the NMC nor anyone else would benefit from it," their counsel said.

Writing the judgment, Justice Rastogi said, "SC has consistently held that the schedule for admission to the PG medical courses must be followed strictly leaving no discretion to any authority to permit admissions over the cut-off date under schedule for admissions to PG medical courses, that is May 31."

Terming the HC's interim orders legally unsustainable, the bench said, "These students participated in the second round of counselling but failed to get any seat in PG medical course because of lower rank in order of merit and by interim orders passed by the HC, provisional admissions were granted to them ignoring the principle of merit which can't be countenanced by this court."

"No sympathy can be shown to such students who have not only entered/admitted after May 31 of the year, but their admissions were completely in contravention to the Regulations, 2000," it said. If these admissions were regularised and students were allowed to continue in PG courses, "the same would be completely illegal...," Justices Rastogi and Ravikumar said.

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