A Gujarat high court bench, on Monday, asked Admission Committee for Professional Medical Educational Courses (ACPMEC) to furnish details of admission given by it.
The bench, comprising Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice JB Pardiwala, was on Monday hearing a PIL (public interest litigation) which raised the issue of improper distribution of medical seats among various boards by the ACPMEC. The PIL was filed by Deepshikha Tripathi, head of the department of anaesthesiology at Government Medical College in Bhavnagar.
The PIL pointed out that though the admission committee was obliged to admit students to government and self-financed medical colleges on proportionate basis, the number of students from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Council of Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) admitted was much less compared to previous years.
Tripathi’s counsel Amit Panchal submitted before the court that according to Rule 10 of the Gujarat Professional Medical Educational Colleges or Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Fixation of Fees) Act, 2007, admission should be given to students of the Gujarat board, Central Board and CISCE on pro-rata basis.
Panchal further stated that in 2012, CBSE students’ merit was closed at No. 1724, whereas in the current academic year, the CBSE’s closure regarding MBBS seats was at Merit No. 105 for open category candidates.
There has been an allotment in the distribution of seats to CBSE candidates to the extent of only 5%, whereas in the last academic year, seats were more than that of this year. There has been an increase of 550 seats in all medical colleges of the state since the last academic year. However, the allotment of seats to CBSE students was reduced.