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By Our Legal Correspondent
NEW DELHI, APRIL 11. The Supreme Court today said that its interim order passed on April 8 restraining the States from filling the vacant seats under the all-India quota for admissions to the postgraduate medical courses in the country by students from their quota, would continue.
A Bench, comprising Justice Y.K. Sabharwal and Justice D.M. Dharmadhikari, passed this order to ensure that the seats under the 50 per cent all-India quota did not revert to the States under any circumstances. The Judges made it clear to the States that they could not fill the 239 vacant seats out of the 2,700 post graduate medical courses.
The order was passed on a petition by a candidate, Amit Gupta, alleging that some all-India quota seats, which could not be filled at the end of the counselling conducted by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), were being reverted to the States. He contended that taking advantage of the situation, the States were admitting students from their quota in excess of the 50 per cent quota.
The Bench noted that out of one-lakh candidates, who took the entrance test for 2,700 seats in the government medical colleges in the States under the all-India quota, 3,376 candidates were called for counselling.
In spite of that, 239 seats remained vacant since there were no takers for certain disciplines such as anatomy and physiology and there was shortage of teaching staff in these disciplines.
The DGHS informed the court that following these vacancies, a communication was sent to the States that they could fill the vacancies themselves.
Pointing out that the 50 per cent all-India seats could not be filled by the States, the Bench asked the Centre and the Medical Council of India to come out with suggestions by Friday whether they could broad-base the counselling by calling more students to ensure that all the vacancies under the all-India quota were filled. The Bench observed that it was in the interest of everybody to see that the all-India quota seats did not revert to the States and also that no seat went waste.
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