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Reply on admission irregularities in private medical colleges: High Court to MP DME


Reply on admission irregularities in private medical colleges: High Court to MP DME

Bhopal: The Directorate of Medical Education(DME), has been asked to file a reply to the Madhya Pradesh High Court for irregularities committed by it in granting admission to students in private colleges.

Two weeks of time has been granted by the court to the state government to submit its reply. This has been done in response to a petition filed by aggrieved students.

Advocate, Aditya Sanghi, Counsel for the petitioners said that 11 students have filed a case in the court against the irregularities conducted by DME by giving undue advantage to private medical colleges.

He stated that a mop-up round was conducted by the DME on September 10 and a list of the eligible declared at 7 pm. The admissions were closed at 11.59 pm on the same day, he added.

The Counsel demanded to know how was it possible for a candidate residing in Dindori to reach Bhopal, Indore or Ujjain in just five hours for the admission. “In the mop-up round, 94 seats were filled and these seats were sold for up to Rs 80 lakh by the private colleges. The colleges gave admission ignoring the merit. In the first place, mop up round was not mandatory,”  the counsel alleged.

Assistant Director, Medical Education, Dr Shashi Gandhi said the Directorate had followed court instruction. According to Dr Gandhi, the  following was what the Supreme Court had said “After the completion  of counselling, the state government  shall determine the number of seats that are still vacant and thereafter shall forward a list of students in order of merit, equalling to ten times the number of vacant seats to the medical colleges so that in any stray vacancy arising in any college, the seats may be filled up from the said list.”

She said two medical colleges – Amaltas and Index – had given admission to 33 students who were not in merit. The DME cancelled those admissions reports Free Press Journal.

Source: with Inputs
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  1. MP Government had always been colluding with Private Medical Colleges.
    As per para 2 (3) of MCI Extraordinary Notification No 101 dated 11 Mar 2017, PG Admission Counselling, including for NRI candidates, was to be centralized. However, Government of MP surreptitiously issued a contradictory Notification No 156 dt 10 Apr 2017, para 5 (1) of which mandated NRI counselling by concerned Institution.MP Government wanted Private Medical Colleges to pick & choose PAN-India NRIs capable of paying high sums over & above the already laid down hefty fees.
    Thereafter, MP Government admitted ‘under-the-table high capitation-payee’ Non-MP domiciles in Private Medical Colleges in violation of SC judgment of 2016 mandating admission of Non-MP domiciles only after exhausting MP State domiciles. MP HC had to intervene to cancel all MBBS admissions on 24 August 2017. It was extremely foolhardy on the part of MP Government to challenge MP HC’s ruling which was in conformity with law & logic. Obviously, MP Government was subscribing to the interests of Private Medical Colleges.
    So thick-skinned were the officials of MP Health Department that they manoeuvred to delay the counselling/publication of Mop UP counselling list to an extent that the aspirants could be left helpless thus leaving room open for Private Medical Colleges to admit aspirants who could meet their demands of capitation fees.
    While MP’s Principal Secretary (Health) & DME deserves to be sent home, the Health Minister should also be sacked; if not overlooking the incompetence of officials, for his own inefficiency.