Madurai: The Madras High Court today held
that the Medical Council of India (MCI) has no role to play in
percentage of seat sharing between state governments and
private medical colleges.
A division bench of the court comprising justices D
Murugesan and M Duraiswamy was disposing a writ appeal by MCI
against a single judge`s order that it could not ask
Mookambigai Medical College to surrender seven seats in the
coming academic year as it had admitted the same number in
2009 after the government failed to fill its share of 50
The college submitted they had shared 100 seats on a
50-50 basis with the government. Last year, the government had
sent only 43 students. As they did not want to keep seven
seats vacant, they had admitted students on merit on
government fixed fees.
This year, MCI ordered them to surrender seven seats
of the quota taken last year to the government, the college
said and demanded quashing of the order.
The judges said MCI had power to regulate admissions
only if admission was made over and above the sanctioned
If the institute had been permitted to admit only 100
students, but admitted one more, it could interfere and not if
the seats were filled within the sanctioned strength, the