Supreme Court slams medical college on admission procedure
n a noticeable expression of its exasperation over the state of medical education in the country, the Supreme Court slammed the authorities for neglecting the admission procedure and virtually selling the seats. The apex court bench of Justice B. Sudershan Reddy and Justice S.S. Nijjar said sarcastically, “The best way for medical test (admission) is to put the seats to auction and whosoever bids successfully should be awarded admission.”
The court’s observation came in a case in which a medical college gave admission to six Class 12th students without their appearance in a pre-medical exam. The students and the college defended the students over the admission.
Senior counsel K.K Venugopal, appearing for the students, questioned the Rajasthan High Court’s order faulting the student’s admission to a medical college affiliated to the Rajasthan University of Health Science.
He said, “It is the court that holds force against me”, prompting Justice Reddy to say: “We also seem to be suffering from the same syndrome.”
“I have great reservations over the state of medical college in the country,” said Justice Reddy, adding “It is not that we discount our (apex court) contribution (in the existing state of medical education).”
When Venugopal put a point forward in the context that after studying the course for two-and-half years, the dilemma over admission of the six students may affect their career and leave the six seats vacant, the court said: “Are there no higher principles involved than the argument that letting no seat go vacant.”
The Jaipur-based medical college enrolled six students against vacant seats for which there were no takers among the candidate who succeeded in the Rajasthan Pre-medical Test (RPMT), a common entrance exam. They did not have appeared in the RPMT and at the time just cleared their Class 12th exam.
Senior counsel Pallav Shishodia mentioned that Class 12th was the main eligibility criteria for taking admission to the medical course and not the pre-medical test.
But the court said that it wanted to hear the Medical Council of India’s counsel before deciding t mater and adjourned it.