SC gives nod to single common test for medical courses

The Supreme Court cleared the deck for the Centre and the Medical Council of India to hold a single eligibility-cum-entrance examination for MBBS and post-graduate medical courses in the country from this academic session.

Last Updated: Mar 07, 2011, 19:17 PM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday cleared
the deck for the Centre and the Medical Council of India (MCI)
to hold a single eligibility-cum-entrance examination for MBBS
and post-graduate medical courses in the country from this
academic session.

A bench of justices RV Raveendran and AK Patnaik
passed the order which will also be applicable for private
medical colleges in the country.

The Bench noted that since the decision in this regard
has already been notified, the MCI and the Centre can go ahead
for holding the Common Entrance Test (CET).

Senior advocate Amrender Sharan and Somesh Jha,
appearing for the MCI, drew the attention of the Bench that
the Centre on August 13 last year had taken the stand that MCI
can go ahead with the implementation of the single entrance
criteria and in December the regulations were notified.

The MCI had sought the court`s permission to hold a
single common entrance test for graduate and post-graduate
medical courses, including those for the private and even
minority medical colleges last October.

On February 18, the Centre had told the Supreme Court
that it was in consultation with the state governments to
resolve the differences on the issue.

The Centre came out with the notification in December
last for holding the combined entrance test for MBBS and PG
courses.

Though the court, in an interim order on December 18
last year, had allowed the MCI to go ahead with the CET, it
had decided to hear the various stakeholders as state
governments, private medical colleges and those run by the
minorities might have some objections.

"We make it clear that the pendency of the application
shall not come in the way of the MCI notifying any regulations
framed by it, in accordance with law, nor come in the way of
anyone challenging the validity of such regulations, if and
when brought into effect in accordance with law," the bench
had said.

The bench, during the earlier hearing, had said there
were certain minority institutions like Christian Medical
College which conducts its own entrance test.

The bench had favoured a cautious approach on the
issue, saying the students are a "volatile" community.

PTI