The High Court on Wednesday put on hold the State government’s bid to change the guidelines for determining the in-service candidates for medical PG admissions in all the three government teaching hospitals of the State.

The government in May this year issued a notification allowing all the MBBS doctors who have completed three years of service in rural, tribal and difficult terrains eligible for in-service candidates for the PG admissions. Previously, only those doctors having put in five years of service in these areas were considered as in-service candidates.

Challenging the government notification in the High Court several doctors having put up five years of service in the rural areas contested that the change in guidelines would adversely affect them.

Hearing all parties, a Division bench of the High Court, comprising Chief Justice C. Nagappan and Justice Indrajit Mohanti, reserved its verdict last week.

Pronouncing the judgment on the day, the Bench asked the government not to give effect to any change in the guidelines for the ongoing admission this year. The judgment indicates that if the government so desires it can reduce the period of serving in rural areas to three years for in-service candidates from next year. Out of 260 seats for PG courses in all the government medical colleges, 87 seats are reserved for in-service candidates, while the remaining seats will be filled by the direct candidates.