The vacation bench of the Bombay high court on Tuesday asked the Maharashtra state government if it was willing to withdraw its April 4 circular announcing closure of 242 seats in the post-graduate (PG) medical courses.
The last date for admission to the postgraduate medical courses is May 31.
A division bench, comprising of Justice S C Dharmadhikari and Justice S S Shinde, directed the State government to withdraw the impugned circular and carry on with the admission process. The fate of at least 242 doctors, aspiring for medical postgraduate seats has been in suspense, for this year.
People's Health Organization, an NGO, had sought the court's attention in a PIL to the decreasing number of seats. While the state government accepted that there was a decrease, it said that corrective measures were being taken. It was waiting for the nod of the Medical Council of India (MCI). MCI said it was reviewing the courses.
The court has expressed its dissatisfaction over undue delay on the part of MCI, in completing the inspection process. Reportedly, after the round of inspections in 2003, MCI did the second round only in 2006.
The MCI has filed its reply after directions of the division bench, comprising of Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice A A Kumbhakoni, on May 20.
After hearing the petitioners, State Government and Medical Council of India (MCI), on the PHO's (People Health Organisation) Public Interest Litigation (PIL) for increase in Medical Postgraduate seats, the High Court criticized the Maharashtra government for issue of the impugned circular, dated April 4, this year, which was the source of all the confusion.
The division bench also observed that there was no necessity for issuing such a circular, as there were no directions from any court and the state was free to admit students to the medical PG courses, recognized by the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC).