Supreme Court Slams Lapses Medical College Admission
In an apparent expression of its exasperation over the state of medical education
in the country, the Supreme Court slammed the authorities
for ignoring the admission procedures and virtually selling the seats.
"The best way for medical test (admission) is to put the seats to auction and whosoever
bids successfully should be awarded admission," sarcastically said the apex court
bench of Justice B. Sudershan Reddy and Justice S. S. Nijjar.
The court's observations came in a case in which a medical college admitted six
Class 12 students without their appearing in a pre-medical test. The students and
the college defended the admissions.
Senior counsel K. K. Venugopal, appearing for the students, questioned the Rajasthan
High Court's order faulting the students' admission to a medical college affiliated
to the Rajasthan University of Health Sciences.
When Venugopal argued that after pursuing the course for two-and-half years, the
question mark on the 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 let no seat go vacant".
The Jaipur-based medical college admitted the six students against vacant seats
for which there were no takers among the candidates who succeeded in the Rajasthan
Pre-medical Test (RPMT), a common entrance exam. These six students did not appear
in the RPMT and had merely cleared the Class 12 exam. Senior counsel Pallav Shishodia
claimed that Class 12 was the eligibility criterion for admission to medical courses
and not the pre-medical test. Venugopal said the court "may be satisfied that in
this case there was no 'hera pheri' (wrongdoing)".
The court said it wanted to hear the Medical Council of India's counsel before deciding
the matter and adjourned the matter.