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Gujarat: Medical Aspirant moves court against Change in MCI age norms


Earlier on, in underage cases admissions weren’t refused, however, they were allowed to join  academic sessions, having acquired the legitimate age of being granted admission;which in this case is 17 years.

Ahmadabad: The Admission Committee for Professional Courses (ACPC) has denied Ghas Ali Pirsaiyed, a student from Bhuj,  a seat in a medical course. He has yet to acquire 17 years of age. According to rules, he should have completed 17 years by December 31st; which he hasn’t. Twenty four other such cases of under-age students, have been denied admission into MBBS courses, across the state.

The refusal of admission to Pirasaiyed comes due to the Medical Council of India changing its norms; disallowing under age students seeking admission. Though Pirsaiyed has got appropriate marks for getting admission into any government medical college, he has not been allowed to enter the gates of any.

Earlier on, in underage cases admissions weren’t refused, however, they were allowed to join  academic sessions, having acquired the legitimate age of being granted admission;which in this case is 17 years.

Medical Council of India’s new norm regarding age specifications has not gone down well with aspirants, who feel their careers are  being jeopardised.  They feel the MCI is forcing them to suffer a lapse of one year, by making them join the next year due to underage.

The High Court, however, on the basis of Pirsaiyed’s petition has asked for a response from the Admission Committee for Professional Courses (APCC), and the state government. Their response is expected by Monday.

Lasy year a similar controversy had emerged when an underage student was granted admission to GMERS Medical College, Val sad and the apex body raised an objection. Besides this case 16 other underage students had participated in the admission process.


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