Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Government of Tamilnadu have been imposed a fine of one crore rupees for failing to adhere to the 50 per cent seat sharing norm stipulated. The Madras High Court yesterday fined the two bodies for failing to secure 50 per cent of the PG medical seats from private colleges against state quota.
Justice N Kirubakaran said, "The fine is an 'exemplary cost' to make the authorities follow the law especially in the discharge of their public functions." The judge warned them that any negligence in following the law may result in hampering admission of many meritorious students and their constitutional right to education.
Instructions for PG Medical Seats
A detailed instruction was given by the judge to the state government to secure 50 per cent of PG medical seats for state quota in each specialty from private colleges and deemed universities except minority institutes.
The admission to these seats will be on the basis of centralized common counseling conducted by the state on the basis of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) merit list, the judge declared.
According to the court order, the concerned institutes should surrender all their seats including the 15 per cent seats reserved under NRI quota for the centralized common counseling procedure.
The petition for seat sharing
Petitioners including some doctors had sought court's direction to the authorities about securing 50 per cent seats in the PG degree and diploma courses from private medical colleges and the admission process.
The judge censured the MCI's act that ever since the year 2000 when the regulation for seat sharing was formed, the body had not made any attempts to implement it and said that the facts made it clear that the bodies were attempting to illegally help the private institutes by not implementing the law.
Fine amount goes to charity
The proceeds from the fine that MCI pays will go to the Spastics Society of Tamil Nadu which is an institute for differently-abled people. The proceeds from the state government's fine will go to the Archaeological Survey of India toward their ongoing excavation in Keezhadi village in Sivaganga district where there have been findings related to an ancient civilization dating back to the 2nd century BC.