Come 2011 and there will be only one common entrance test each for over 30,000 MBBS seats and over 11,000 MD seats in all government and medical colleges in the country.
This important decision, taken by the Medical Council of India and accepted by the Union ministry of health, was conveyed to the Supreme Court on Friday bringing huge relief to lakhs of aspiring doctors.
Earlier, students wanting to take up courses in medicine had to appear in at least five to six entrance tests for various colleges and worry about attendant problems like clash of exam dates as well as travel to distant places for counselling for allotment of seats.
But from 2011, there will be just one entrance test each for MBBS and MD courses offered by all 271 medical colleges, 138 government-run and 133 under private management. These colleges together offer over 31,000 seats for MBBS courses and another 11,000 for PG.
The confusion caused by multiple entrance tests and counselling saw hundreds of students rush to the Supreme Court every year complaining about the system where they were left high and dry even for making a single mistake in their choices.
One such petition filed by Simran Jain through advocate A D N Rao had sought a direction from the apex court to MCI and the Centre for a single window system for admissions.
During hearing of the petition before a Bench comprising Justices R V Raveendran and H L Gokhale, the decision for one common entrance test was conveyed by MCI counsel and senior advocate Amarendra Saran. Additional solicitor generalP P Malhotra said the government had accepted MCI’s suggestion to amend the regulation concerning admissions to medical colleges.
The state of affairs of private medical colleges and their admission process had come for some serious scrutiny in the apex court, which said last year, “Every year, this is happening. We know how these tricks are played on students every year.”
Interestingly, the malaise seems to have spread to government medical colleges too as the apex court had last year asked Director General of Health Services Dr Mangla Kohli to look into allegations of malpractices in admissions into some such colleges in various states.