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Madras High Court stays NEET PG 2018 Counselling for In service quota issue

Madras High Court stays NEET PG 2018 Counselling for In service quota issue

CHENNAI: Postgraduate medical admissions across India came to a grinding halt on Tuesday with the Madras high court ordering the Director General of Health Services (DGHS), New Delhi, and Tamil Nadu’s state selection committee to not allot seats to students both under the all-India quota and state quota until further orders.

Justice S Vaidyanathan was passing the orders on a batch of petitions which wanted the court to direct the DGHS to comply with Post Graduate Medical Education Regulations in admissions to PG medical courses and award due weightage marks for service rendered in remote/difficult areas.

‘Can go on with counselling, but must not allot seats’

The authorities can go on with counselling, but must not allot seats till further orders, said Justice S Vaidyanathan in his interim order.

Some of the petitions also wanted reservation of 50% of seats for service candidates under all-India quota too.

When the pleas came up for hearing, assistant solicitor-general Karthikeyan submitted that though first phase of counselling had been completed admissions would not be made till the court passed final orders.

The petitions filed by Dr C Sudhan and six others said they were in-service candidates in Tamil Nadu Medical Services, working as assistant surgeons in government medical facilities. They had appeared for NEET PG-2018 and secured more than 50% marks and were duly declared as eligible for admission to PG medical courses this year.

“The places we serve are notified as remote/difficult by the state government and hence we are entitled for additional weightage (incentive) marks as per Regulation 9 (IV) of PG Regulations 2000 under all India quota seats. But, authorities are proceeding to conduct counselling for admissions to PG courses without awarding such weightage marks for in-service candidates,” the petitioners said.

Claiming that the move was in violation of MCI regulations, they added that it would adversely affect the interests of the petitioners who were entitled to weightage marks for service rendered by them in remote/difficult areas for determination of merit in selection.

They further pointed out that even in admissions made during the last academic year, the authorities had failed to allot the mandated 50% seats to service candidates as required by the regulation.

Tamil Nadu has 1,648 PG medical seats in its 13 government medical colleges. Of this, 50% go to the all India quota for which counselling would be conducted by DGHS.The remaining 50% would go to the state quota filled by directorate of medical education through a seperate counselling.

Out of such 50% state quota seats, in-service candidates are demanding 50% reservation.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Telangana also replaces PG quota with 10 20 30 incentive marks

Telangana also replaces PG quota with 10 20 30 incentive marks

HYDERABAD: A division bench of the Hyderabad High Court on Monday made it clear that the petitioner candidates seeking admissions in the 50 per cent state quota seats in post- graduate medical courses were not entitled for reservation (for in-service candidates) as per GO 260 and 27 issued by the state medical and health department on July 10, 1997 and April 10, 2017, respectively. They are only entitled for weightage of marks, in accordance with the MCI regulation 9(IV), for admission into PG medical courses, the bench ruled.

Further, the bench made it clear that the petitioners were entitled for reservation in the 50 percent state quota seats in PG medical diploma courses provided they have served a minimum of three years in tribal areas.The bench, however, found fault with the Telangana government for mentioning in the impugned GO that it would award weightage marks to the in-service candidates who have a minimum three years service in tribal areas.

While setting aside the words “a minimum three years of service”, as amended by GO 21, the bench made it clear that the petitioners were entitled for the benefit of weightage marks for the services rendered by them in those areas even less than three years. The incentive weightage marks would be calculated at 10 percent per year of completed regular and continuous service in tribal areas, it noted.
The bench of Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice K Vijaya Lakshmi was passing this order in a batch of petitions filed by Dr M Vasurchana Reddy and 12 others, who have passed their MBBS or their PG diploma course and employed by the state government, seeking admissions to PG medical degree and diploma courses as per  GO 27.

The petitioners challenged GOs 21 and 22 issued by the Telangana government for awarding weightage marks in place of reservation for in-service candidates and for earmarking 50 percent of the PG seats in government medical colleges to All India quota. They pointed out that the impugned GOs which were issued based on the proposals of the Vice-Chancellor of Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences, Warangal, would run contrary to the law declared by the Parliament in AP Reorganization Act, 2014. As per GO 27 i.e. Telangana Medical Colleges (Admission into PG medical courses) Rules, 2017, about 30 percent of the seats in clinical broad specialities and 50 percent of the seats in pre and para clinical broad specialities for degree and diploma courses were reserved for in-service candidates. Under the Act, the said quota would be in operation for 10 years.

The medical officers and civil assistant surgeons serving in the state were eligible for in-service quota for admission into PG courses. However, these eligible candidates would be forced to stop their studies at MBBS level because of the above two GOs, they argued.

Source: The New Indian Express