Nearly a year after the Madras High Court ordered changes to postgraduate medical admissions in the state, the Tamil Nadu government is all set to move the Supreme Court for amendments.
According to the Times of India, the state government is likely to seek amendments on two specific orders of the high court. In May 2017, the Madras High Court had scrapped the policy of reserving 50% of the seats for in-service government doctors. Additionally, the court ruled that incentive marks for government doctors can only be awarded based on Medical Council of India (MCI) rules.
As per the report, the Tamil Nadu Health Minister said that the government would urge the apex court to “direct the Medical Council of India to amend rules for postgraduate admissions so that the state can use its traditional methods of incentives while admitting students.”
In February, the MCI increased Tamil Nadu’s share of postgraduate seats by 101, taking it to 1189. According to TNIE, this is applicable to government-run medical colleges in the state. The increased seats would come into effect in this academic year (2018-19).
Last year’s merit list for postgraduate admissions was scrapped by the Madras HC since the government had listed all public healthcare centres in the state as being in rural areas. The government had done this to incentivise in-service government doctors to take up posting in remote, rural areas. However, this meant that over 90% of the admissions were filled by government doctors.
According to ToI, a representation of doctors from Doctors’ Association for Social Equality met with the Union Health Minister JP Nadda requesting Tamil Nadu to be exempt from NEET. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test has been a contentious issue in the state.