The Supreme Court today asked six states to reply to the allegations that they were usurping the PG medical seats for the all-India quota by not disclosing the vacant seats in their medical colleges.
A vacation Bench of Justices Mr H L Gokhale and Ms Ranjana Prakash Desai issued notices to Delhi, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana on a petition by a girl medico Ms Esha Karwase.
Senior counsel Ms Indu Malhotra, appearing for the petitioner, submitted that if the states failed to disclose the vacancy situation, it would “affect the interests of hundreds of medical students” across the country.
All PG seats in medicine in all states except, Jammu and Kashmir and Andhra Pradesh, are divided into two categories — all-India quota seats and the state quota seats.
While the all-India quota seats are unreserved and are allotted only on the basis of merit in the all-India entrance examination for MD/MS/PG Diplomat and MDS courses conducted by the AIIMS, the state quota seats are allotted on the basis of the common entrance exam at the local level in which only domiciled students can appear.
The all-India quota seats are filled by three rounds of counselling which are conducted by the Directorate General of Health Services, New Delhi, while the 2nd round of counselling is conducted only after the first round of counselling for all the states is over, the petitioner said.
Similarly, the 3rd round of counselling ought to be conducted only after the 2nd round of counselling in the state is over, the petition added.
This is done to ensure that the entire all-India quota is filled up. It so happens that all students appearing for the all-India quota also invariably appear in the state entrance examinations of their respective domicile and thus they vacate their all-India quota seat if they get a better seat in the state quota, the petitioner explained.