High Court Urges Merit-Based Selection for MBBS Admissions, Criticizes Inconsistent Criteria

High Court Urges Merit-Based Selection for MBBS Admissions, Criticizes Inconsistent Criteria
High Court Urges Merit-Based Selection for MBBS Admissions, Criticizes Inconsistent Criteria
High Court Urges Merit-Based Selection for MBBS Admissions, Criticizes Inconsistent Criteria
High Court Urges Merit-Based Selection for MBBS Admissions, Criticizes Inconsistent Criteria

High Court Urges Merit-Based Selection for MBBS Admissions, Criticizes Inconsistent Criteria

High Court Urges Merit-Based Selection for MBBS Admissions, Criticizes Inconsistent Criteria.

High Court Calls for Consistency in MBBS Admissions and Criticizes Differential Criteria for Sports Proficiency Category

In a significant ruling, the High Court has emphasized the importance of selecting candidates for MBBS course admissions based on merit, urging the Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE) to follow a uniform criterion. The court expressed concerns about the inconsistent criteria applied to candidates with outstanding proficiency in sports, asserting that it could lead to injustices against highly meritorious candidates.

Irregularities in Sports Category Admissions

The Division Bench, consisting of Justice Sanjeev Kumar and Justice Puneet Gupta, issued these findings in response to a petition filed by aggrieved candidates. The candidates had alleged that BOPEE had employed an irrational and illogical criteria for admitting candidates in the “outstanding proficiency in sports” category. This criteria involved considering only the NEET-UG examination merit when selecting candidates, which the court found to be in violation of clear government regulations.

While the High Court ultimately dismissed the petition, it noted that BOPEE, despite adhering to Medical Council of India (MCI) regulations, inconsistently used different criteria for shortlisting candidates with sports proficiency. This practice sometimes led to candidates with higher NEET-UG scores missing out on admissions, despite being certified as having outstanding sports proficiency.

Uniform Merit-Based Selection Advocated

The High Court firmly stated that candidates with outstanding sports proficiency should be treated as a single class. All candidates certified by the Competent Authority as possessing such proficiency should be eligible to seek consideration for MBBS/BDS course admissions in the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh under the sports category. Shortlisting, if necessary, should primarily rely on NEET UG examination merit.

Government’s Reservation Obligations

The court emphasized the government’s obligation to reserve seats in professional institutions for candidates from reserved categories and other specified classes. It clarified that the total percentage of reservation should not exceed 50%. Additionally, 50% of the seats in each category, including the open category for MBBS and BDS admissions, should be filled by selecting female candidates from that category.

The concept of carrying forward vacant seats in case of unavailability of candidates in a specific category was explicitly rejected by the court. To implement these provisions from the 2004 Act, the government issued the 2005 Rules.

Sports Proficiency Class

The court referred to Clause (c) of Rule 14, highlighting that 2% of seats in professional courses are earmarked for candidates with outstanding sports proficiency. The Act of 2004 and the corresponding rules treat individuals with outstanding sports proficiency as a single class, without further classification based on varying levels of sports excellence.

This ruling underscores the importance of consistency, fairness, and meritocracy in admissions processes, particularly in professional institutions like medical colleges.

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