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Court asks Centre to examine quota for PG medical courses



Legal Correspondent

Additional Solicitor-General given 2 weeks to respond



New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to examine the scope of reservation under 50 per cent all-India quota for admissions to post-graduate medical courses in Central universities with particular reference to the Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry.

A three-Judge Bench, comprising Chief Justice Y.K. Sabharwal, Justice C.K. Thakker and Justice R.V. Raveendran, directed Additional Solicitor-General Gopal Subramaniam to examine the issue as to how reservation of seats had to be worked out after increasing the all-India seats from 25 to 50 per cent in post-graduate medical courses.

Mr. Subramaniam submitted that the issue required consideration and he would file a reply. The Bench asked him to examine whether all the seats under the open general category (OGC) could be brought under the reserved category. The bench granted him two weeks to file his response.

Plea by top ranker

The Bench was hearing a petition filed by N. Senthilkumar challenging his non-selection for the PG course in JIPMER though he scored the highest mark in the entrance examination.

Appearing for the petitioner, counsel R. Nedumaran brought to the notice of the court that JIPMER conducted the entrance test for admission under the OGC and in that process it collected over Rs. 27 lakhs.

However, 18 seats in the OGC were surrendered to the all-India quota and as a result not a single person who wrote the test was given a seat.

Appearing for the Medical Council of India, Maninder Singh supported the petitioner and said that it was really unfortunate that despite scoring the highest mark the petitioner could not get a seat in view of the increase made in the all-India quota from 25 to 50 per cent.



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