UGC in a further bid, to ensure transparency in medical admissions, has directed 34 deemed universities to participate in the common counselling conducted by the Director General Health Services (DGHS) for admission in undergraduate medicine courses for the All India Quota.
The Apex Court this year, had directed that there will be Common Counselling for admission to All India Quota seats in Government Medical Colleges as well as Deemed Universities which shall be conducted by the DGHS. For the purpose of filling the State Quota, Supreme Court had directed that Common Counselling for State Quota seats in Government as well as Private Medical Colleges affiliated to State Universities shall be conducted by the State Government or the authority designated by the State Government. Supreme Court also made it clear that this would also include colleges/institutions run by religious and linguistic minorities.
After the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) declares results of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), the health ministry conducts counselling for 15% seats under the all-India quota and state government for the remaining 85% seats.
UGC has relied upon order of Supreme Court dated 09.05.2017 to direct the Deemed universities to participate in the common counselling to fill the all-India quota seats. Interestingly, the Supreme Court also went ahead to observe that the Deemed Universities have “ALL INDIA CHARACTER”.
It has also been provided that during the common counselling conducted by the State Government, the representatives of the medical colleges particularly representative of minority institutions should be a part of the admission/counselling committee
It has been amply clarified that Common counselling conducted by the DGHS/State Government will not in any manner affect the rights of minority institutions to admit students of their respective minority community. The minority quota seats, if any, in institutions run by minorities will be filled up by minority students only. Therefore, the rights of minority institutions are fully protected.
But what happens to remaining 85 % seats in Deemed Universities? Since the Supreme Court has held that the “Deemed Universities” have ALL INDIA CHARACTER, will the same also go to DGHS, this needs clarity, as I believe “domicile” concept may not be relevant to Deemed Universities. Or it may also happen that State Government may ask the Deemed Universities to surrender their 85 % quota.
Secondly what happens to medical admissions in Private Universities established by state legislature? They also stand at the same par with the self-financed deemed universities. Why this discrimination or rather why this vagueness?
Government need to clarify on all these issues.
Ravi Bhardwaj | EduLegaL
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