The Medical Council of India has cancelled first year MBBS admissions in deemed universities and private medical colleges in Puducherry. These admissions were done without centralised counselling and after the expiry of the last date during the academic year 2016-17.
The MCI had intimated Puducherry Health Secretary and the Director of Health Services to remove from rolls of the institutions such students that had been admitted without undergoing CENTAC counselling or after the last date announced for admission which was 30 September 2016.
The complaints came about by the CENTAC Students Parents Association that had alleged gross irregularities in the admission process by the four deemed universities and three private colleges last year. The association claimed around 770 students had been enrolled without common counselling and after the expiry of last date for admission.
President of the Association of CENTAC Students Parents M Narayanasamy said only 283 students were admitted through CENTAC out of the total 1050 seats in the deemed universities and private colleges in the Union Territory. The association complains of “Gross irregularities” in the admission process.
Relating strongly to the matter, there had been a comment by Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, “For early prevention and detection of such irregularities, and corruption Puducherry needs independent vigilance system, a high court bench and a unit of CBI.”
But according to CM V Narayanswami, the issue concerned was not related the government. According to him Admissions seats under the government quota took place in a transparent matter, and admissions process under management was not the concern of the government.
According to the MCI letter, the sub-committee in its report had stated that no combined merit list of the National Entrance cum Eligibility Test (NEET) qualified candidates was prepared by the deemed universities. According to the letter – on the face of it the direction to the Supreme Court to maintain transparency and fairness in the admissions process had been totally disregarded. A copy of this had been marked to the lieutenant governor.
The MCI also pointed out that prior to the counselling the University Grants Commission had informed the universities that they would be part of the common counselling in medical colleges organised either by the state government or through its agency based on the marks obtained in NEET.
The deemed universities had not followed the procedure while the private colleges did not prepare a combined merit list. The private colleges had given admission only to a limited number of students through CENTAC.
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