SC poser to St John's Medical College on PG admissions

The Supreme Court on Thursday questioned St John’s National Academy of Health Sciences (St John's Medical College) in Bengaluru for going ahead with admissions to PG courses in violation of common counselling regulations.

“The whole problem is how can you do your own counselling. We can’t save students now,” a three-judge bench presided over by Justice Dipak Misra told senior advocate Kapil Sibal representing the college.
Sibal, on his part, said the college had been doing it for the last 50 years.

Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for the Medical Council of India (MCI), said the college cannot be allowed to conduct its own interviews for admissions. Sibal, however, said he was ready to explain the whole background and reasoning behind the admissions. The court then put the matter for consideration on May 8.

The college has challenged the Karnataka High Court’s order of April 13, passed on a writ petition filed by Dr Rachana Kishore Ubrangala for quashing the admission process. The HC had held that any admission to any postgraduate course for the academic year 2017-2018 was void if it is contrary to Regulation 9A of the Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000.

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