SC clears 50% in-house quota for AMU, BHU PG medical courses
The Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the decks for admission in PG medical courses through 50 per cent institutional reservation in Aligarh Muslim University and Banaras Hindu University and extended the time to fill up the vacant seats till June 12.
The apex court set aside the May 29 order of the Allahabad High Court, saying it "overstepped" its jurisdiction and termed the verdict as as "erroneous" as both the AMU and the BHU, the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Union of India were not parties before it. "The high court did not take into consideration the fact that the state (Uttar Pradesh) had no power to control admission to these universities.
"Therefore, we are clearly of the view that the high court overstepped its jurisdiction and the order of the high court is erroneous and is liable to be set aside," a bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and Deepak Gupta said.
It said that the 50 per cent institutional reservation in the AMU and the BHU, which had been reflected in their prospectus, was not challenged by anybody before the high court.
"As stated, the AMU and the BHU were not parties before the high court. The MCI and the Union of India were also not parties before the high court," it said, adding that earlier judgements of the apex court, which upheld institutional preferences in central universities, were also not taken into account by the high court. The apex court said that in central universities 100 per cent admissions for MBBS course are based on all India examination and there is no state quota for seats in central universities like the AMU and the BHU or other central institutions like the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). It is, therefore, apparent that the state can have no control over the seats in those medical colleges which are part of the central universities/institutions, it said.
"These seats have to be filled up on the basis of merit and institutional preference could be given to the extent permissible i.e. 50 per cent, as has been held by a catena of decisions including the Constitution Bench judgment of this court in the case of Saurabh Chaudri," it said.
The apex court also set aside the direction of the high court which denied the benefit of service rendered in remote/ difficult areas to those doctors, who have cleared MBBS examination from a college outside Uttar Pradesh.
It said that Rule 9(iv) of THE MCI regulations clearly provides that an incentive at the rate of 10 per cent of the marks for each year can be given to those in service candidates, who have served in remote or difficult areas subject to the condition that the highest incentive will be of 30 per cent marks. The bench said that the power to notify the remote and difficult areas is vested with the state government which has been upheld by the apex court as Rule 9 (iv) is a complete code in itself.
In fact, Rule 9 (iv) itself only provides for weightage being given for each year of service rendered in remote and difficult areas, it said. The purpose behind this rule is that those doctors who willingly served in remote and difficult areas should be given some preference while considering them for admission to post- graduate courses, the court said.