Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: Two national-level table tennis players who have applied for MBBS\ BDS courses under the sports quota have petitioned the Commissioner of Entrance Examinations alleging anomalies in candidate selection.

In a petition, P. Rajeevan of Kozhikode pointed out that though his daughter Jayaprabha P.V., a table tennis player who had represented Kerala, was ranked 5253 in the entrance examination, she was not selected for MBBS\ BDS courses.

He said the prospectus stipulated that only those candidates who had got rank up to seven times the number of seats in Government medical colleges would be considered for admission to these courses under the special reservation category.

Ms. Jayaprabha was not selected even though she came within the seven-fold cut-off rank and was recommended by the Kerala State Sports Authority, the petition said.

She was excluded even though she was second in the inter-se-merit list, rank list for admissions to MBBS\ BDS courses under sports quota, on the plea that she did not have 50 per cent marks in the entrance examination.

However, two candidates were selected even though they did not have 50 per cent marks in the entrance examination, the petition alleged.

These candidates were selected on the basis of they being SEBC candidates, claiming reservation under the SEBC quota. "But the prospectus says that SEBC candidates are not permitted to raise double claims under the SEBC quota in the application form," the petition alleged.

K.T. Vasudevan, father of table tennis player Amritha Vasudevan, claimed that his daughter who was ranked 12th in the medical stream under the sports quota was excluded and a candidate ranked below that was admitted. The petitions claimed that already students without 50 per cent marks in the all-India pre-medical pre-dental entrance examinations were admitted to MBBS\ BDS courses as per the Medical Council of India norms. The candidate should have 50 per cent marks in the qualifying examination as per the MCI regulations. Of the five seats for MBBS and one for BDS reserved for sports quota in the Government medical colleges, a list of four candidates were published. Of this, only two had 50 per cent marks in the entrance examination, the petitioners pointed out.

Cut-off mark

The petitions requested the Government to do away with the 50 per cent cut-off mark in the entrance examination for selecting candidates coming under the special reservation quota by considering their contribution for the State in sports.

It also requested the Government to publish a revised list for MBBS/ BDS sports quota admissions.