65 medical students complete course, HC scraps admission

CHENNAI: The Madras HC on Wednesday scrapped the admission of 65 postgraduate medical students, who have completed their courses, in six Puducherry-based institutions. In 2017-18, admission to PG medical courses in Puducherry was conducted through CENTAC (centralised admission committee) based on PG-NEET marks, but these institutions admitted 65 students on their own. The HC also fined six medical colleges/universities that had illegally admitted the students in the academic year 2017-18 for Rs 5 lakh each.

“Mediocrity should never be encouraged, at least in medical education,” said Justice N Anand Venkatesh, adding: “It would be better even if some seats go unfilled and wasted rather than filling such seats with unmeritorious candidates.” It will lead to compromising the precious lives of the citizens of this country, he said.

The judge did not spare the HC too, and said, “this court also should take the blame for having taken such a long time to hear these cases and render judgment. On various occasions, the judiciary had shown misplaced sympathy on unmeritorious candidates through interim orders and that has proven to be counter-productive, more particularly when it comes to medical education.”

Seven institutions had admitted 65 students on their own, denying admission to students selected through the CENTAC. The colleges claimed that the students referred by CENTAC could not be admitted since they failed to pay the fee prescribed or never turned up for admission. Subsequently, MCI issued orders cancelling the admission of all the 65 students.

Defending their admission, the 65 students submitted that some are even standing as frontline warriors in the fight against Covid-19.

Since the court has upheld the MCI order, the 65 students will not be entitled to get their degrees though they have completed the course and written the exams.

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