SC Allows MCI Appeal to Extend Medical Admission Deadlines
The Supreme Court (SC) has allowed the request filed by the Board of Governors (BoG) in supersession of Medical Council of India (MCI) requesting an extension of due dates related to course applications and PG medical admissions.
The bench comprises Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, Justice Navin Sinha & Justice B.R. Gavai on June 8, 2020, passed judgment in the favor of MCI, granting permission for an extension of PG medical admissions and inspections in super-specialty courses and granting permission/renewal/ recognition for MBBS courses in the colleges of India.
Moreover, while approving the MCI application, the judging panel mentioned that “Needless to say the AIIMS and the PGI (for the examination held in July) shall also follow 10 the schedule on letter and spirit.”
MCI regulations could not follow the earlier apex court decision of February 20, 2018, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The authorities in the decision had specified the time deadline for completion of MBBS, PG medical, and Super-Speciality admissions in the country.
Earlier on May 28, 2020, MCI had filed three applications relating to the matter of deadline dates:
- Extension of the last date of LOP (Letter of Permission) for MBBS from May 31 to August 31, 2020, under section 10A of the Indian Medical Council (IMC) Act, 1956 for the Academic Session 2020-21;
- Extension of the last date for issuance of LOP (Letter of Permission) for Super Specialty Courses under section 10A of the IMC Act, 1956 for the Academic Year 2020-21 from May 31 to July 15, 2020.
- Extension of the last date for admission in Post Graduate courses (PG Broad Specialty) from May 31 to July 31, 2020.