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MBBS admissions: SC sets strict guidelines
S.S. Negi
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, January 12
In a bid to bridge the wide time gap in the entrance examinations by different states to the medical and other professional courses, the Supreme Court today directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the state boards to positively declare the ten-plus-two results by June 10 to ensure completion of admissions in time.

Laying down 15-point guidelines for uniform admission schedule to be followed by the Centre and the states, a Bench of Mr Justice Y.K. Sabharwal, Mr Justice D.M. Dharmadhikari and Mr Justice Tarun Chatterje directed that the students passing the senior secondary exams should be supplied with the marksheets by June 15 so that they could apply for admission in an institution of their choice.

In the guidelines on declaration of board results, results of entrance tests and completion of admission, including to those of Medical PG courses, the Court said each state had to complete the first round of counselling by July 25 and consequently inform the Director-General of Health Services (DGHS) about the availability of seats for filling from the 15 per cent central quota in their respective medical colleges, including the private ones, by Jule 26 positively.

The Court made it clear that no state would be allowed to dilute the 15 per cent central quota, on which every year there had been lot of litigations in various courts. Instead, the Court asked the DGHS to inform it whether the central quota in medical colleges could be increased to 20 per cent to accommodate more students in the colleges run by the states.

The Court also said that even the colleges not given recognition by the Medical Council of India (MCI) will have to accommodate students against 15 per cent central quota, which could not be allowed to be diluted in any manner by any state.

This was stated by the Court keeping in view the fact that state colleges were not filling up all the central quota seats and were diverting the unfilled seats to management quota and charging hefty sums from the students in violation of law.

To check this menace, the Court said if any college would exceed the admissions to management quota seats in a particular year, number of management quota admissions would be reduced automatically in the corresponding year in the same proportion.

Cautioning the colleges, especially the private ones against tampering with the admission process and compromising with the merit, the Court said the standards set up by the MCI for admission would be adhered to by all the colleges.

Taking note of the bunglings in PG admissions every year, it said merit would be strictly followed in PG admission and it would not be allowed to be “tinkered” with by awarding marks in a particular manner in the interviews of the students.

No college would be allowed to give admission after the process was over throughout the country and no seat would be allowed to be carried forward to the next year, the Court said, while directing the DGHS and the Chief Secretaries of each state to submit compliance report on implementation of the guidelines.

The DGHS was further directed to ensure that the admission schedule is adhered to strictly by every state and is completed by October 31 every year.

The order regarding streamlining the admission process came on a batch of petitions, filed by individual students, organisations and even by the professional colleges and the state governments.

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