BHOPAL: A Supreme Court bench comprising Justice Deepak Mishra and Amitabh Roy on Wednesday ordered the directorate of medical education (DME) to provide admission to the 37 candidates who were selected by the three private medical colleges in excess of the seats allotted to them.
Director of medical education Dr GS Patel said that the Supreme Court has decided the case of 37 candidates who were given offline admission on September 30 during the counselling after NEET 2017 (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test). They would be given admission to three different colleges. He added that the court has accepted that it was a human error and the candidates’ admission cannot be cancelled due to fault of DME or the private medical colleges.
On October 19 it came to light that 37 candidates were reportedly given admission against no seats.
Amtalas Medical College gave 29 admissions more than available seats, RD Gardi Medical college gave one and in People’s Medical College seven admissions were given while they had no seats for those students.
The admissions on left over seat started from September 28 and concluded on 30.
On the last day, there was chaos with heavy rains and power outage.
The admission process was conducted manually and in this process 37 candidates were given excess admission, in three private medical colleges, which came to light a long time after nineteen days.
The DME informed that these students will be given admission and their admission will be adjusted in the next year.
Court checks DME’s knowledge of medicine
The Supreme Court had instructed the DME, dean of Gandhi Medical College, Dr Ulka Shrivastava and dean of Indore medical college Dr RK Mathur to appear in the court in person.
Since the court was miffed with Dr GS Patel over the case, the bench asked him three questions to check his attentiveness. The first question was about the treatment of viral infection, to which he answered correctly. The second was related to viral fever among the children, its doses and line of treatment, this was also answered correctly and the last was asked if his presence in the court ‘was either a case of physical anxiety or the mental anxiety’? The DME answered ‘it’s a mental anxiety’, the court was satisfied with the answer.