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MCI Admits Schedule Castes Candidates For MBBS

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Schedule castes candidates can join MBBS
The Gauhati High Court has found that the Medical Council Of India (MCI)'s eligibility criteria for MBBS candidates from the Schedule Castes and schedule tribes of Agartala were treated irrationally and in violation of the 14th article of Indian Constitution, were not admitted to the course.

As per the rules of eligibility criteria for SC/ST candidates , they must have secured at least 40 percent of marks either in Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) or Combined Competitive Examinations. In case of Northeastern SC/ST students the Union Health Minister and the MCI had refused in order to relax the criterion anymore . Regarding this a senior officer of Tripura health department said, around 31 MBBS seats in Government-run-medical Institutes were vacant in Agartala and Tripura Quota. This was only because no student of these states secured minimum marks in JEE this year .

To overcome this issue some students and guardians has filed a complaint in the Gauhati High Court against the Rules and Regulations of MCI . As a result, the High Court had passed the order on Friday in Gauhati, which said the authorities, to admit those students for the MBBS course within a week time against their respective quota of seats . The court also added- “When this issue has not been arised specifically and nor decided, the constitutionality of the MCI's regulation remains open for the challenge of its irrationality”.

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