Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government is all set to move the Supreme Court for amendments that were made to postgraduate admissions by the Madras High Court last year.
The two specific orders of the High Court on which the state government is likely to seek amendments in court are:
- The scrapping of the 50% seat reservation for in-service doctors
- The granting of incentive marks for government doctors to be based upon Medical Council of India (MCI) rules.
The Tamil Nadu, Health Minister as per the report said that the government would request the apex court to “direct the Medical Council of India to amend rules for postgraduate admissions so that the state can use its traditional methods of incentives while admitting students.”
The MCI had earlier in the year increased Tamil Nadu’s share of postgraduate seats by 101, taking the number to 1189. According to TNIE, this increase is applicable to government-run medical colleges in the state. The seat increase would come into implementation in this present academic year (2018-19).
Merit list for postgraduate admissions last year was canceled by the Madras HC, since all public healthcare centers in the state were listed as being in rural areas, by the government. The state had done this to encourage in-service government doctors to take up posting in remote, rural areas. However, this implied that 90% of posts would be taken up by government employees.
According to ToI, Doctors’ Association for Social Equality representatives met with the Union Health Minister JP Nadda to request him to exempt the state from NEET which has been a bone of contention for a long time reported, The News Minute.