Tuesday, May 6, 2014

PG Counselling: Medical Edn Dept to Wait for HC Verdict

PG Counselling: Medical Edn Dept to Wait for HC Verdict

Students aspiring for post-graduate medical seats under the state government quota have to wait longer. The Department of Medical Education has not yet announced the schedule to conduct the counselling.

According to official sources, the department has received notices as some petitioners (seat aspirants) have questioned its stand on conducting the counselling.

A senior official told Express, “We have received notices from the petitioners who have filed cases in the High Court. In the notice, they have questioned, when the case is still pending in the High Court, how can we start the counselling process?”

Questioning the government’s stand on its quota in deemed-to-be universities, some seat aspirants filed a petition in the High Court, which directed the government to take 25 per cent of the overall seats from deemed-to-be universities.  However, the deemed universities have challenged this in the court. The petition is pending for hearing.

Speaking to Express, Dr S S Harsoor, Director, Department of Medical Education said, “We have decided to wait for the final judgment to announce the (counselling) schedule. The preparation is on and once the judgment is out, we will declare the dates for counselling.”

The case is expected to come up for hearing on Tuesday.

Chaos over Counselling

Counselling for post-graduate medical courses has become contentious this year. First, some students approached the Supreme Court questioning the state government’s decision mandating a 10-year domicile. That delayed the process of declaring results.

After that, another group of aspirants approached the High Court over seats which needed to be surrendered by deemed-to-be universities for the state quota. The court directed that 25 per cent of the seats be taken from all deemed-to-be universities and added to the seat matrix. 

Questioning this, the deemed universities have filed a petition and that is pending for hearing.

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