The Supreme Court will take into consideration on August 13 the point as to whether a state has the ability to guide rules presenting for higher/additional qualifications for admission to medical studies or courses than the minimum eligibility criteria laid down by the Centre or the Medical Council of India.
The bench of Justices D. Y. Chandrachud and M. R. Shah was learning the state of Assam’s SLP against the decision on August 2019 of the Gauhati High Court opposing down Rule 4(2)(c) of the Medical Colleges and Dental Colleges of Assam (Regulation of Admission into 1st Year MBBS Course) Rules, 2017, as reported by the government of Assam.
Rule 4 outfits for the method of choice of state-quota candidates. Its sub-rule (2) sets down the qualification guidelines of candidates, who pass in the NEET as per NEET Rules for admission into the 1st year MBBS/BDS courses, to be called for counselling.
Rule 4(2)(c) guided a minimum of 60% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology in the qualifying exam as an eligibility requirement for entry to medical/dental courses, which is over the qualification rules of minimum average marks of 50% set for appearing in NEET.
The issue before the Gauhati High Court was whether, with the holding of NEET, the state can however proceed to guide requirements for admission into medical colleges which is more than that of the eligibility requirement for appearing in the NEET or whether such a direction of eligibility criteria will come short of the 1956 Indian Medical Council Act and the 1997 Graduate Medical Education Regulations.