Mumbai: In order to conduct the smooth PG medical counselling for the PG medical admission 2017 in the state, the Supreme Court directed the Maharashtra government to include the state’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS) in the ongoing counselling for admissions in post graduate medical and diploma courses.
The court’ decision came after Maharashtra’s standing counsel Nishant Katneshwarkar, on instructions from the state government, told the court that it was possible to include the MGIMS in the counselling only if May 31 deadline for completing the process was extended by another eight days.
The court said that the counselling for its 60 odd post graduate, that would commence from Wednesday, would not include any seats under the institutional preference category, it said.
He said that the entire process has to be done afresh including recall of earlier first round of online counselling that has already taken place. Counsel also told the court that in Maharashtra there was no institutional preferences for admissions.
The government-aided rural medical college was established as Mahatma Gandhi Centenary project.
According to Katneshwarkar, it was a recognized institution with relatively low fee structure and thus many would like to opt for admission in it.
The MGIMS had run into trouble after the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on March 23 struck down the provision that mandated an year of rural service by students of MGIMS to be eligible for applying for admission to post graduate medical courses
Further hearing in the matter would be held on May 31.