New Delhi: A Nagaland-based student, who was denied MBBS admission by a medical college considering the expiration of the last date for admissions, has been granted relief by the Supreme Court.
During the hearing of a petition filed by the student, Akumsenla Jamir; the Supreme Court bench comprising honourable Justices SA Bobde and Justice L Nageswara Rao directed AN Magadh Medical College, Gaya, Bihar, to admit her under the Central Pool Quota despite the expiry of the last date for MBBS admissions.
The Central government allots seats for UG Medical courses (MBBS and BDS) every year from the Central Pool Quota (similar to Government Quota) to various beneficiary States and Union Territories. Nagaland is one such beneficiary since the state has no medical college.
This year too, the Centre allotted an additional seat to the State of Nagaland in AN Magadh Medical College under the Central Pool quota on August 30, which was incidentally just a day before the last date of MBBS admissions fixed by the apex court.
Further, on September 4, the state government nominated the student for the said MBBS seat. Accordingly, the student reached the college premises on September 9; however, she was rejected by the college administration on the basis that the last date of the MBBS admission had already expired.
Hence, disappointed with the denial, the MBBS student moved the SC with a petition pointing out that the delay was not because of any fault of her own.
In her petition, the MBBS candidate submitted, “…the Petition has been found eligible to be nominated under the Central Pool quota which is purely based on the merit list prepared by NEET. That being eligible, the Petitioner will suffer irreparable injury due to no fault of hers because of the last-minute allocation of the seat by Respondent No. 1. Admittedly there is a vacant seat in Respondent No. 3 College which has now been allotted to the Petitioner by Respondent No. 4 State which will remain unfilled if the Petitioner is not allowed to get admitted in the College.”
The counsel for the MBBS student further submitted that the denial of admission to her was a violation of Articles 14, 15, 21 and 300A of the Constitution of India. She had, therefore, demanded that she be admitted to AN Magadh Medical College, to pursue her MBBS course for the academic session 2018-19, despite the delay.
After considering the facts and circumstances laid by the petitioner MBBS candidate, the Supreme Court allowed her petition directing AN Magadh Medical College to “admit her under the Central Pool Quota despite the expiry of the last date for admissions,” reports Livelaw.