New twist in Maharashtra PG medical admissions

New twist in Maharashtra PG medical admissions

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear on Monday a plea for modification of its June 4 order barring the candidates from changing the medical streams they had opted in March in their applications for admission to the postgraduate medical courses in Maharashtra

BureauUpdated: Friday, June 07, 2019, 09:56 PM IST
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear on Monday a plea for modification of its June 4 order barring the candidates from changing the medical streams they had opted in March in their applications for admission to the post graduate medical courses in Maharashtra.

The vacation bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and Ajay Rastogi directed the listing of the matter on senior counsel Sanjay Hagde seeking freedom to all general category students to choose any stream.

“Give me full chance of seeking admission to any stream including those vacated by the candidate under economically weaker sections quota,” Hegde said seeking the modification of that part of the order which restricted the choice of streams only to those listed by the candidates in their admission forms in March.

The top court by its June 4 order had said, “It is made clear that that no student shall be permitted to change his/her option/preferences which have been given earlier at the time of making their applications on 5th March, 2019. The admission of the students shall be restricted to their choices/preferences given in the admission form.”

The admissions to 1500 seats in the post graduate medical courses ran into problems after the Maharashtra government introduced 10% EWS quota in February and March to implement the constitution amendment by Parliament in January.

It was challenged on the grounds that the admission process to PG medical courses had commenced in October 2018 and tracks could not be changed midway. The Apex Court junked the EWS quota, holding that the rules of game could not be changed when the admission process has already started.

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