126 MBBS students given 14 days deadline to submit nativity documents to Madras High Court
Madhurai: In order to conclude comprehensively, the Madras High Court has directed 126 MBBS students who sought admissions under the state quota, for the academic year 2019-20, to furnish documents pertinent to their nativity within 14 days time.
The issue of dual nativity certificates produced by 126 MBBS students was brought to attention by a group of medicos who filed a petition, challenging the admission of the 126 students, who were allotted seats under the State government quota despite their permanent addresses being outside Tamil Nadu.
The petitioners alleged that candidates from outside the State had participated in the NEET counselling for the State government quota, who were placed in the rank list of 85% state government quota which was only meant for admitting students from Tamil Nadu.
The petitioners further submitted that the counselling conducted for the allotment of medical seats under the state government quota was improper as the prospectus of the government quota mandated that the candidates should be natives of Tamil Nadu. However, the prospectus issued for the management quota has no mention about the nativity of the candidates. This could probably pave way for candidates from outside the state to secure medical seats which would apparently block opportunity for the native students.
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Justice Suresh Kumar after hearing the case on August 26, 2019, mentioned that it is important for the court to know on what basis the 126 MBBS students received nativity certificates from Tamil Nadu. The court further directed the medical students to file their response regarding the same.
During the hearing, the Government advocate submitted that all the 126 MBBS student were asked to attend counselling after verifying their documents. Taking note of this, it was concluded that though the medical students were told to attend the counselling following the rules, the court needs to know the grounds on which the nativity certificate has been furnished, reports The New Indian Express.
During the previous hearing, the court suo moto impleaded 126 MBBS students from the list in order to ascertain their nativity.
For the MBBS admissions in Tamil Nadu this year, 15% (506 seats) were reserved under All-India quota of the 3,250 medical seats in 23 medical colleges in the state while 2,744 seats were available under government quota in government colleges. The government quota in private colleges is 977 seats of which 562 are filled up by the management and 269 allotted for NRIs.