50% PG in-house medical admissions – to be or not to be
The Banaras Hindu University, the Aligarh Muslim University and the Medical Council of India got together to challenge in the Supreme Court an Allahabad High Court order setting aside 50% institutional preference in admission to PG medical seats; which means institutes to take admissions on 50% seats from their own institution on Tuesday.
Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh appearing for the BHU sought immediate stay of the high court’s May 29 order saying the “entire apple cart” cannot be reversed. Singh said that if the institutional preference for 50% seats were done away with, what would happen to other premier institutes like the AIIMS and the PGI, Chandigarh.
On another opinion, Senior advocate Salman Khurshid, appearing for the AMU, said some students have already been admitted by the varsities under the 50% quota, therefore the high court verdict needs to be stayed.
On May 29, after hearing a PIL, the high court had passed orders allowing to fill up the 50% institutional quota seats in PG medical courses in these two central universities for students from any medical college based on their ranking in NEET.
“The entire apple cart cannot be reversed by re-opening those 50% seats for students selected through the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET),” he said.
The ASG also relied upon the earlier apex court’s verdict in the Saurabh Chaudhary case– laying down guidelines for PG admission– to contend that only 50% seats were to be filled through an all-India quota.
Khurshid added that in the AMU, out of 195 seats for PG medical courses, admission on 149 were already done and everything cannot be reversed.
The bench, while observing that the high court may have misinterpreted the rules, reserved its order for tomorrow.
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