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Medical test row may trigger fresh State-Centre spat
13 August 2011
Well, it would seem so if one goes by the swiftness with which the Gujarat administration has rejected the Medical Council of India’s (MCI) proposal to hold a common entrance examination for admission to medical colleges throughout the country.
Letters have just been dashed off to the MCI and Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, saying the MBBS course aspirants from the state would be at a great disadvantage if the proposed National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) became a reality from next year. Chances are, the arguments could trigger a fresh confrontation between Gujarat’s Bharatiya Janata Party regime and the Congress-led UPA government.
The strongly-worded notes, for example, said the ‘imposition’ of the compulsory test ‘without ministerial-level consultations’ was ‘violation of federalism’ and called it ‘overcentralisation’. It was also stated that the plan to take the test in only English and Hindi (but not in Gujarati) shows ‘insensitivity toward other cultures and languages’.
As many senior doctors told this columnist, the current turmoil in the state over medical education was merely a storm in a teacup as the MCI had simply asked for feedback on its NEET plan from all states only online.
But angry parents of the wannabe medicos instantly raised Cain over the issue. And with assembly elections due next year, the BJP rulers, who did not want to lose a huge, well-heeled votebank, wasted no time in pouring oil on troubled waters by quickly declaring their opposition to NEET.
According to Health Minister J N Vyas, the MCI proposal would go against the prevailing state laws and interests of the prospective students from Gujarat, adding that the state already has a common annual entrance exam, GUJCET, a single-window examination-cum-admission mechanism, for admission to all medical, dental, ayurveda, physiotherapy and other paramedical courses.
“Since this is a single-window mechanism, we are already implementing the Supreme Court guidelines in this regard and do not see any need for NEET,” argues Vyas.
Parents of Class XII, who have threatened to challenge the NEET proposal in the Supreme court, also insist that when UPSC civil service exams are allowed to be written in all regional languages, forcing students to write only in English and Hindi will hamper the prospect of Gujarati students, 85 per cent of whom come from Gujarati medium schools.
The fact is that neither the MCI nor the Centre has elaborated upon the details of the administrative scheme, or the mechanism of conducting NEET, leading to the needless brouhaha. However, as if to soothe the tempers, the Modi government earlier his week announced that three new medical colleges with 450 seats had started functioning from this year and six more with 900 seats would be set up in the next two years in Gandhinagar, Patan, Valsad, Junagadh, Bharuch and Vadnagar.
With more colleges coming up, the low doctor-patient ratio in the state is also expected to improve. Gujarat had 46,002 registered doctors as of December 31, 2009, i.e.,one doctor for every 1,254 people. The number of registered dentists was 4,080–one dentist for more than 14,000 people. Gujarat had 19,276 registered nurses, meaning one nurse for almost 3,000 people.
Minister of State for Health Parbat Patel even went on to clarify that the Gujarat government had taken up the mission to ensure that not a single deserving student from the state had to go to other state for medical studies.
Truth to tell, Gujarat may well be the growth engine of the country, but it continues to lag behind other states in terms of medical education, and even healthcare to a great extent.
There are only 15 medical colleges in the state accounting for 2,230 seats, much lower than Andhra Pradesh (36 colleges with 4,800 seats), Karnataka (39 and 4,625) and Maharashtra (40 and 4,600).
Even Tamil Nadu (38 colleges, 4,365 seats) is streets ahead of Gujarat, and a smaller state like Kerala boasts 23 medical colleges with 2,550 seats.
Not surprisingly, hundreds of aspiring medicos from Gujarat take admission in colleges in other states every year, and this has put the state government on pins and needles.
State yet to decide on entrance test
Vishwas Kothari, TNN Aug 5, 2011, 11.24pm IST
PUNE: The Maharashtra government has yet to take a policy stance on the Medical Council of India’s (MCI) proposal to introduce a National Eligibility and Entrance Exam (NEET) for MBBS admissions from 2012-13.
“A meeting of different stakeholders, including students and parents representatives and legislators, has been called by the minister for medical education, Vijaykumar Gavit, to finalise the policy decision,” officiating Director of Medical Education and Research (DMER) Pravin Shingare told TOI on Friday. “We expect a policy decision soon,” he said. “The government’s approach will be for safeguarding the interests of students,” he added.
The government’s stance is crucial considering that MCI’s proposal, which has yet to take final shape, has triggered considerable worry among existing Std XII students about the syllabus prepared by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for NEET. The prime concern relates to a perceived gap between the existing Std XII syllabus in Maharashtra and the one proposed for NEET.
The Maharashtra Health and Technology Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET), which is the existing combined entrance exam for health sciences, engineering and pharmacy degree courses in the state, will also go if NEET is introduced from 2012.
Coaching class operators, who find themselves flooded with queries by students about the entrance exam, have expressed the view that medical course aspirants from Maharashtra will be at a great disadvantage if the proposed test becomes a reality from year 2012.
The MCI, which informed the Supreme Court on July 25 that it “proposed to introduce” NEET from 2012-13 (thus triggering concern among coaching class operators and students), appears in no undue hurry to push its decision through.
“We have the Supreme Court’s all-important go-ahead for the proposed test but we want to take a more democratic approach to introduce the same. We are open to ideas and suggestions from different quarters across the country before a final decision is announced,” said Rajeev Yeravdekar, member of MCI’s board of governors.
He said, “The MCI has posted the proposed syllabus on its official website and has invited online feedback and suggestions relating to it.” The feedback can be mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org by August 11.
Yeravdekar said, “Issues about the proposed entrance test, raised in Maharashtra, cannot be seen in isolation. The MCI has to take a comprehensive view of all the feedback and it has already got a lot of response so far. Several states like Gujarat, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu have their own set of problems relating to the test.”
“The MCI will soon make its final position clear once the ongoing process of feedback collection is completed,” Yeravdekar said. A task force of the council will work on the suggestions and finalise a report on the proposed entrance test, which will be forwarded to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare soon, he added.
Following SC nod, MCI all set for common med exam
Abhishek Choudhari, TNN Jul 27, 2011, 01.26am IST
NAGPUR: Now it is official. The common medical entrance exam will be conducted by the Medical Council of India from next year. The test will be called National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) and its core syllabus has been uploaded on the MCI website.
The council is now seeking feedback via e-mail (email@example.com) till August 11 from the people in general. According to the MCI, the core syllabus of NEET has been prepared by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), comprising physics, biology and chemistry.
On physics syllabus, the MCI says, “due care has been taken that it is not heavy and at the same time it is comparable to international standards. The syllabus provides logical sequencing of the subject matter with proper placement of concepts with their linkages for better understanding.”
On chemistry syllabus, the MCI says, “the course is self-contained and broadly covers fundamental concepts of chemistry. An attempt has been made to see discipline of chemistry does not remain only the science of facts but becomes related to modern applications in the world around us.”
The matter was pending in the Supreme Court, but on Monday it gave the final nod to MCI for conducting the exam from 2012. ADN Rao, legal counsel for a student in the case, said, “The final decision given by the Supreme Court is the best one possible. Students are being made to give dozens of exams which would now change. There is no question of anyone appealing against this decision at all. It is final.”
Chandrakant Satija, regional director of a national coaching institute, went through the NEET syllabus and found that it was almost similar to the CBSE study material for std XI and XII. “After studying it in detail I would say there is hardly 5% difference between NEET and CBSE syllabus, and that too only in certain units of physics. But if you compare the NEET syllabus with Maharashtra state board then the difference is about 50% across all subjects,” said Satija.
In the city, students who are taking coaching for the state’s premedical test, MHT-CET, find themselves at the crossroads. Anshu Jaiswal, a student, said, “I was not sure which exam I should prepare for at all. I finally went in for MHT-CET. But with this news coming in I wonder if the state’s exam will be scrapped. Also, I would now have to re-enrol at some other coaching centre.”
Though the Maharashtra government has still not made its stand clear on the MHT-CET, legal counsel Rao feels states will have no option but to do away with their respective tests. “I am not sure how that part will be worked out but these other tests will be redundant,” said Rao.
SC nod to single CET for medical courses
Ashish Tripathi, NEW DELHI, July 25, DHNS
In a major relief for lakhs of aspiring students of medicine, there would now be a common entrance test for admission to undergraduate, post-graduate and super-speciality courses to any medical college in the country.
The Supreme Court on Monday gave its nod for a single eligibility-cum-entrance test for MBBS, post-graduate and super-speciality courses.
A bench of Justices R V Raveendran and A K Patnaik disposed a bunch of petitions after the Medical Council of India (MCI)—statutory body to regulate medical education in the country—informed that all necessary rules have been put in place in this regard.
The new examination would be called National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for undergraduate, post-graduate and super-speciality courses.
Additional Solicitor General, Amrendra Sharan told the Court that NEET for undergraduates would be held in April/ May 2012 for the academic session 2012-13 while the modalities were being worked out for common entrance test -NEET-PG as examinations are scheduled for January 2012.
“Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) would be responsible for preparing question papers and logistic arrangements for NEET-UG. Earlier, CBSE has already indicated that for security reasons, the question papers would be in English and Hindi only,” he said.
“Rules have been put in place. MCI is allowed to go ahead with the common entrance test with all three layers in medical education,” the court said, giving its green signal for the same.
The decision of MCI would come as major relief for parents as well as students who would be saved from monetary loss as well as rigours of numerous examinations.
In a note submitted to the Court, Sharan said that a meeting of senior officials of health ministry, MCI, CBSE and AIIMS was held here on July 18 whereby it was decided to comply with the direction of the Supreme Court in this regard earlier.
The core syllabus, the pattern of papers of different subjects for NEET-UG would be made available on the MCI’s website by August 2012 for feed back. The modalities to hold common test for super speciality courses were being worked out.
The Central government had accorded the approval for common entrance test on August 13 but the Health Ministry did not agree to the move, prompting the Court to direct all parties to sit across the table to sort out the issue.
Common entrance test for MBBS aspirants from next year
Kounteya Sinha, TNN Jul 20, 2011, 12.44am IST
NEW DELHI: Come next academic session, students seeking to get into a medical school will have to appear for a Common Entrance Test (CET).
The Union health ministry and the Medical Council of India (MCI) have reached a consensus to roll out CET for admission to all government, private medical colleges and deemed universities for MBBS course from the 2012-13 academic session.
MCI officials confirmed this to TOI, saying the decision was taken in a meeting on Monday, chaired by Union health secretary K Chandramouli. The meeting was also attended by officials of MCI and CBSE.
About 8-10 lakh students are likely to appear for the maiden CET exam. Mr Chandramouli told TOI that they “are working out the modalities”. In the meeting, there was also talk about bringing institutes like AIIMS under CET’s ambit.
Hence, AIIMS won’t be able to hold its own undergraduate entrance exam. “The top students can choose to join AIIMS. However, more discussions will be held on this matter. The idea is to have one single medical entrance exam in the country,” an official said.
The new MCI governing board is taking a fresh look at the revised medical curriculum, prepared by its predecessors. “We will finalize India’s revised medical education curriculum, and put it up on our website for public comments soon,” an MCI governing body member told TOI.
Ministry sources said the entrance exam will be held for MBBS courses offered by all 271 medical colleges — 138 run by governments and 133 under private management.
These colleges offer over 31,000 MBBS seats. Now, about 17 entrance tests are held to fill 32, 000 UG seats in medical colleges across the country.
MCI to hold entrance exams in May 2012
23 July 2011
The Medical Council of India (MCI) will conduct the common entrance test for admission to undergraduate medical courses for the academic year 2012-13 in various institutions across the country in May next year.
The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for undergraduates (NEET-UG) for admission to MBBS, Post Graduate and super speciality courses will be conducted in pursuance of the Supreme Court directive. There are 42,000 seats for under graduate medical courses and 20,600 seats for PG medical courses in the country, including those from private medical colleges.
Common core syllabus
In this connection, the MCI has issued a common core syllabus for MBBS entrance exam, which has been put up in the public domain for feedback till August 11, following which the syllabus for physics, chemistry and biology would be finalised, a statement issued by the MCI said here on Friday. The syllabus has been prepared by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).
The modalities for NEET-Post Graduation, common entrance test, for medical post-graduate (MD/MS) admissions, are being worked out, Sangeeta Sharma, MCI secretary, said in the statement.
The examination is scheduled for January-February 2012. The pattern of the examination, distribution of questions across different MBBS subjects and model questions will be made available on the website in August.
The NEET-SS for super-speciality courses (DM/MCh) is scheduled for June 2012, the statement said.
Update 7 Jan 11
Centre cancels common medical entrance test
In an apparent tug-of-power, the central government has directed the board of governors (BoG) of the MCI in a letter dated January 3, 2011 to withdraw the notification with immediate effect. The BoG had notified a common entrance test for admission to graduate and post-graduate medical courses in December, 2010 by making an amendment to the regulations on graduate medical education, 1997 and post-graduate medical education regulations, 2000.The Centre has taken objection to the MCI taking such an important decision without seeking its prior mandatory approval and termed it invalid.Experts in the medical fraternity say there are 300 medical colleges all over the country with 32,000 under-graduate and 23,000 post-graduate medical seats. Each states conduct admissions based on their individual merit lists prepared after conducting common entrance tests. Nearly 42 entrance exams are held all over the country for admissions in under-graduate and post-graduate medical courses.The national eligibility-cum-entrance test was mooted to bring in uniformity in the admission process. The plan was first discussed by MCI in June 2009 under the chairmanship of Dr Ketan Desai. later, Desai was arrested on charges of graft and even the MCI was dissolved. Following this, the BoG was formed and it passed the amendments. It was decided that each state will be given a separate state merit list as well as a national merit list to facilitate admissions in the local and national quota.”Majority entrance tests are conducted in May and June all over India. Students spend a fortune filling forms costing a minimum Rs 500 for each entrance test and also are forced to go to several states to appear for maximum entrance tests. A common national entrance test would have been in the interest of the students,” a medical educationist said.
Read more: Centre cancels common medical entrance test – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Centre-cancels-common-medical-entrance-test/articleshow/7233296.cms#ixzz1AK9nSqyr
Update 4 Jan 10
Starting from this year (2011-12), Medical Council of India(MCI) has decided to conduct a common Medical Entrance Exam for the students all over the country. This exam has been named as the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for medical or in short NEET. This entrance exam will be used for MBBS admissions for all the states of India, for both govt and private medical colleges.
The MCI has recently released the NEET 2011 notification giving an official detail on the NEET 2011 exam.
While MCI is determined to start NEET exam from 2011, there are many details which are yet to be released from MCI, for example
• Syllabus of NEET 2011 exam
• Date of NEET 2011 exam
• Applications for NEET 2011 exam
• Exam Pattern of NEET 2011 exam
Update 3 Jan 11
MCI notifies new test for all medical admissions
CHENNAI: In a controversial move, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has issued a notification making the ‘National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test’ (NEET) as the sole qualification for MBBS as well as post-graduate medical admissions in all medical colleges across the country.
Also, the notification dated December 21, has stated that henceforth, marks obtained in mathematics for Plus Two too would be considered for admission to the MBBS course.
An all-India as well as a state-wise merit list of candidates should be prepared on the basis of the marks obtained in the NEET, the notification stipulated, adding that the minimum marks for admission to an MBBS course would be 50%. It would be, however, 40% per cent for SC, ST and OBC candidates, and 45% for disabled persons. “No candidate, who has failed to obtain the minimum eligibility marks shall be admitted to MBBS course in the academic year (concerned),” the notification states.
Reservation of seats shall be as per the laws prevailing in the states/union territories concerned, it said, adding that minimum marks could be lowered in case sufficient number of candidates are not available from reserved categories.
The notification said it was being issued with the “previous approval of the central government”. What is most controversial about the whole notification is the fact that the NEET had been made the sole admission criterion for ‘all’ admissions, including those being offered by unaided minority/non-minority institutions.
Already, the All India Medical Association (AIMA) has shot off a letter to the union health ministry crying foul. The AIMA president, Deen Dayal Naidu, has said that the MCI Board had exceeded its brief in notifying the NEET when the matter was still pending before the Supreme Court. “None of the 13 expressly defined roles of the MCI, as found in clause 33 of the Regulations, empowers the MCI to dabble with the admission procedure,” he said.
According to Dr Naidu, neither the union health ministry nor the union Cabinet had been taken into confidence by the MCI.
AL Somayaji, senior advocate and former additional advocate-general of Tamil Nadu, said the NEET was an “unreasonable restriction” on unaided educational institutions and it directly interferes with the rights of such institutions. Candidates from less literate states would be left out if such a national level test is held, he said.
Former advocate-general of Tamil Nadu, NR Chandran, too feels that prima facie the NEET was not a step in the right direction. “Courts have recognised certain rights of unaided educational institutions. Such common entrance tests cannot be forced on them,” he said.
“It will not stand the legal scrutiny,” Dr Naidu said, adding that the apex court had said more than once that as far as the unaided institutions are concerned, the role of the government or its agencies would end with ensuring that the inter se merit of candidates was not undermined by the managements. Single eligibility-cum-entrance test would render the two-year higher secondary courses redundant, and lead to mushrooming of coaching centres, he said.
Read more: MCI notifies new test for all medical admissions – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/MCI-notifies-new-test-for-all-medical-admissions/articleshow/7207738.cms#ixzz19ziLrxqf
MCI to conduct common entrance exam for admissions to colleges
2 Jan, 2011, 02.16PM IST,PTI
CHENNAI: Ignoring protests by political parties in Tamil Nadu, the Medical Council of India has decided to conduct a nationwide common entrance examination for admissions to medical colleges in the country. Announcing the decision, MCI Additional Secretary Dr P Prasannraj, in a notification published in the central gazette on December 27, said a national eligibility-cum-entrance test for admission to MBBS courses will be held every academic year and a student should get 50 per cent marks in each of the papers of the test.
“All admissions to MBBS course within the respective categories should be based solely on marks obtained in the national eligibility-cum-entrance test,” the notification said. However, minimum marks prescribed for students from SC, ST and OBCs shall be 40 per cent and for students with locomotor disability of lower level, it would be 45 per cent, it said.
Reservation of seats in medical colleges for many categories should be as per applicable laws prevailing in the concerned states and an All India merit list would be prepared on the basis of marks obtained in the entrance test and admissions should be conducted on the basis of that list only, it said. MCI also proposed to conduct similar test for PG admissions in the Medical colleges.
The ruling DMK, its bitter rival AIADMK, PMK and Congress had opposed the move even before the notification. Chief Minister M Karunanidhi had recently written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and to Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad not to go ahead with the move. AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa and PMK founder S Ramadoss had opposed the move on the plea that it was against social justice and students from rural areas could not make it if an entrance test was conducted.
Tamil Nadu government had abolished entrance tests for professional courses a decade back and marks obtained by students in the plus two exams were taken for the admissions. Meanwhile, All India Medical Association, an umbrella organisation for private medical colleges, described the move as “arbitrary and unilateral.”
Association President T D Naidu, in a statement, said the MCI had no role to play in the admissions as its job was only to give permission to start medical colleges. The association was of the view that admissions under management quota should not be affected by the recent notification. The association would be challenging the notification, as it was against the fundamental rights of private medical colleges, the statement said.
CHENNAI: The Medical Council of India (MCI) has written to all state governments, private medical colleges and deemed universities seeking support fro holding a centralized common entrance test for admission to MBBS courses in the 2011-12 academic year. The CBSE which now conducts entrance tests under the All India quota will do it for more students for admissions to the 2011-12 course, said Dr Devi Shetty, MCI member and Bangalore-based senior cardiothoracic surgeon.
“We will be asking the state governments to agree to this. There will be no exception for any medical college, deemed university or government. The seat matrix will remain the same. Colleges will not be allowed to take in students who do not appear for the tests. To appear for the tests, students should must score at least 50% marks in plus two. We will grade the students and colleges can decide on whom they want to take based on merit,” he said.
The Tamil Nadu government which runs over 17 medical colleges across the state has been threatening to go to court opposing common entrance tests. “We are not convinced that a common entrance test is good for students. It was scrapped four years ago. There have been no problems with the admissions,” said health secretary V K Subburaj. “We are sure several other state government will join us in opposing CET. Education after all is a state subject,” he said.
But many academicians, including former National Board of Examination president Dr A Rajasekaran, say the states did not have much to lose. “There is no change in the seat matrix, they don’t lose any seats. It’s better for the students because such exams will open up options for them to join colleges in other states as well. They don’t have to appear examinations conducted by each state,” Rajasekaran said.
Most medical aspirants aren’t sure of which is good. “The present system does not stress us. But I would not mind taking the stress if there is an opportunity to get a medical seat,” said Ganesh Krishnan, a class XII student and medical aspirant.
Read more: MCI confident of holding med CET from next year – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/MCI-confident-of-holding-med-CET-from-next-year-/articleshow/7108517.cms#ixzz18y3kH0HS
Update 13 Dec 10
Court refuses to interfere with council’s decision MCI to go ahead with CET New Delhi, Dec 13, DHNS:
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to interfere with the decision of Medical Council of India (MCI) for holding an all India common entrance test for admission to both government and private medical colleges at undergraduate and post-graduate levels.
With the apex court order, the MCI is set to make provision for a CET for admitting students to all the medical colleges including the private ones in the country.
A Bench comprising Justice R V Raveendran and Justice A K Patnaik said it is for the authorities to notify or denotify the new admission rules and the court cannot interfere in such matters.
The apex court said at this juncture “nothing will come in the way of the decision to be taken by the MCI on the issue of introduction of single window common entrance test on all India basis for admission to undergraduate medical science courses.”
The court will intervene only if there is a notification and there is a petition challenging the question of law. “We are not to give the seal of approval for notification of the law,” said the Bench.
Senior advocate Amarendra Saran appearing for the MCI submitted that a decision to hold common entrance test is to admit only better students, to standardise the entrance test and to bring transparency for admitting students to medical colleges.
Some of the states are opposing the decision of the MCI in view of practical difficulties in implementing the new rules framed by the MCI for admissions. On the last date of hearing Tamil Nadu had opposed the decision of the HRD Ministry.
In a petition, Simran Jain and others have challenged the decision of the HRD ministry to introduce a common entrance test that would also include admission to private medical colleges.
MBBS entrance test
The Centre will convene a meeting of health secretaries next month to know how the common entrance test for MBBS can be implemented.
Following the Supreme Court’s go-ahead to frame the rules on the MBBS CET, sources in the Union Health Ministry told Deccan Herald that the issue would be discussed at the January meeting before a decision on its implementation is taken. Cooperation from the states is a must to bring the CET into force.
According to the Medical Council of India’s proposal, based on the CET a single merit list will be created for close to 35,000 MBBS across the country. The list will also take care of the state, minorities and SC/ST quotas.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will be conducting the examination, which will replace 17 PMTs at the moment. The MCI proposal was challenged in the court.
In the absence of a single CET for engineering and medical streams, 10+2 students now have to sit in a number of tests.
From Our Correspondent
NEW DELHI : On October 22 the Supreme Court issued notice to all States seeking their opinion on the Medical Council of India’s proposal to introduce a common all-India entrance test for MBBS and postgraduate medical courses from 2011-12.
The Supreme Court bench comprising Justice R.V. Raveendran and Justice H.L. Gokhale gave the states four weeks to respond and directed the matter to be listed later. The Bench has already allowed Tamil Nadu’s application against the move.
D.D. Medical and Educational Trust, represented by its chairman and managing trustee T.D. Naidu, moved an application for being impleaded in the case in support of Tamil Nadu’s stand against a CET both for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
The MCI counsel Amarendra Saran informed the bench that there would be a national entrance test for all medical colleges. When Justice Raveendran wanted to know whether it would include private medical colleges as well he said : �All medical colleges, including private and minority colleges.� The move was to avoid the multiplicity of the tests � at present, students had to take 10 to 15 tests across the country � and it would benefit the students.
Justice Raveendran asked: �How can you interfere with the domicile rights of the States and the rights of private institutions to have their own CETs?� Mr. Saran said: �This will prevent private institutions from manipulating the admission [process], and malpractices and irregularities in admissions.�
Tamil Nadu counsel Ashok Desai said that the State had already enacted a law abolishing the CET, and that the present proposal would affect its students.
Counsel A.D.N. Rao, appearing for the main petitioners Simran Jain and others, said 13 to 14 States had already opposed the move to have a CET. He, however, said the common test would help the students.
In its application, the DDME Trust, which runs the D.D. Medical College and D.D. Hospital near Thiruvallur, said Tamil Nadu had abolished entrance tests for admission to professional courses in 2007, and the selection and admission were being made under the provisions of the Tamil Nadu Admission in Professional Educational Institutions Act.
The entrance test was abolished on the recommendations of an expert committee, which found that the CET was a cumbersome process. �The CET causes mental agony to students and parents, especially from rural areas and the persons hailing from the lower strata of society.�
The application said the proposed MCI regulation for conducting a single entrance test for admission to medical courses would be in contradiction of the State legislation and would affect the State government’s policy, and it was vitally interested in the matter.
MCI follows BCI, plans a pre-practise exam
From Sanjiv Dube
NEW DELHI: Taking cue from the Bar Council of India, the Medical Council of India (MCI) intends to introduce an all-India common exit test for graduate doctors. The test will entitle medical graduates to practise medicine and enter the world of medical care.
Presenting the MCI case in the Supreme Court on September 17 Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam told a Bench of Justice R V Raveendran and Justice H L Gokhale that the exit test is under active consideration of the Health Ministry.
Considering the varying standards of medical education in the country the MCI has proposed a common exit examination for MBBS pass-outs intending to become doctors and treat patients, Subramaniam told the Bench.
The first All India Bar Examination, it may be recalled, is to be held on December 5 this year.
The bench was reluctant to entertain Subramaniam and MCI counsel Amarendra Saranthe’s plea on single window admission test for post-graduate medical course and refused to pass any order without hearing the opinion of the states.
�How can we pass any direction when there is neither notification nor the regulations before us? The state governments are required to be served with notices and they have to be heard,� said the judges.
The Bench said: “We do not know which all states will object to this and how the students, a volatile community, would react to this proposal. So, let the Centre put before us the proposal and we will seek the response of the state governments.”
Tamil Nadu government, it may be recalled, has opposed the decision to have a common entrance test for the PG admission in all the medical colleges in the country following which the Union government has filed an application before the Supreme Court seeking approval to introduce the entrance tests.
Expressing their concern, the judges said a cautious approach has to be taken on the issue as students are a �volatile� community and there are chances that �you (Centre) may land in some other problem�.
Giving the Centre a week to place the proposal before it for issuance of notices to the state governments to elicit their response, the Bench said: “The courts have already contributed to a lot of problems and we do not want to contribute to this by giving a go-bye to the settled procedure.”
MCI dissolved, 7-member team to run apex body
NEW DELHI : On May 15, a Sunday, President Pratibha Patil promulgated an ordinance to dissolve the medical education apex body, the Medical
Council of India (MCI), replacing it with a seven-member panel of eminent doctors led by gastroenterologist S K Sarin.
The panel will be in charge till the next one year, Health Secretary Sujatha Rao said. The other members of the panel are: Dr. Devi Shetty of Narayana Hrudayalaya in Bangalore; Dr. Gautam Sen, former Dean of the J.J. Hospital Mumbai; Dr. Sita Nayik of Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Medical Institute, Lucknow; Dr. Ranjit Roy Chowdhury, clinical pharmacologist and Emeritus Scientist at the National Institute of Immunology, and Dr. S.M. Salhan, Dean of Sikkim-Manipal University.
Amending the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, the government has inserted Article 3 (a) through the ordinance that authorises the government to intervene in matters of �national policy.� In case of a dispute over �national policy,� the view of the government will prevail.
Dr Sarin is currently the Director Professor of Gastroenterology at the G B Pant Hospital in the capital. He is an AIIMS alumnus and has been in several other Government panels.
The panel will be in charge till the next one year, Health Secretary Sujatha Rao said.
The Government has said it would bring in a new law for the formation of an overarching body to regulate medical education in the country.
Rao had said on May 14 that a draft law for the formation of such a body would be formulated within a month. She added that the draft law would be a legislative response to the credibility crisis which the MCI was in.
The MCI was established in 1934 under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1933, now repealed, with the main function of establishing uniform standards of higher qualifications in medicine and recognition of medical institutions in India and abroad.
In 1956, the old Act was repealed and a new one was enacted. This was further modified in 1964, 1993 and 2001.
Govt move to give boost to medical education
NEW DELHI : The Health Ministry has drawn up a plan to boost medical education in the country for which it plans to make major changes in the rules, according to sources.
Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has approved the proposed overhaul of medical education, including rationalising land use for setting up colleges, introducing new courses and increasing postgraduate seats by 30 per cent for specialisations.
Amendments to Medical Colleges Regulations (1999) will allow medical colleges to be run in high-rises on 10 acres in metros and grade-A cities.
“Since land-availability is a problem in [these cities], we’ve shifted to the concept of total built area required for essential infrastructure, including the medical college, hostels, hospitals, libraries, etc,” Dr Ketan Desai, president, Medical Council of India (MCI) said on October 16.
This means Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, for example, can open a medical college on its 15-acre campus in Delhi.
“This will boost healthcare facilities in cities where existing government hospitals can no longer meet exponential growth in population,” said a ministry source.
There are 300 medical colleges in India that are being run by the government, trusts and societies. These colleges produce 23,000 doctors each year.
“The amendments were needed as there’s an acute shortage of doctors and we need at least 50,000 medical graduates each year. The MCI, however, needs to ensure it keeps out fly-by-night operators who cannot assure quality education and hands-on hospital experience,” said cardiac surgeon Dr Naresh Trehan, chairman, Global Health, which has set up the 43-acre MediCity in Gurgaon.
Other amendments include increasing the post-graduate student-professor ratio to 2:1 from the present 1:1. “This will add 4,000 seats to post-graduate courses,” said the ministry official.