KOLKATA, 13 JUNE: KPC Medical College and Hospital in Jadavpur, a private medical college, has issued a notification to conduct its own medical entrance examination for admission to MBBS course flouting the Supreme Court&’s guidelines.
In an interim order relating to the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), the Supreme Court had said the states, the colleges and the universities who had issued notification to conduct their own entrance examinations before 13 December 2012, are entitled to do so.
The KPC Medical College and Hospital only obtained its recognition from the Medical Council of India (MCI) in April this year. The college has recently decided to conduct its own entrance examination.
The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) is a national-level common entrance examination for medical and dental courses introduced in 2012. The state government had decided not to conduct its own entrance examination and planned to fill up the post-graduate and undergraduate seats in various medical colleges through NEET.
Some private institutions had filed cases in the Supreme Court questioning the validity of NEET, following which the Court in an interim order allowed the states and colleges to conduct their own examinations but not to publish the results till further court order.
In the prospectus issued for the candidates seeking to take NEET examination, it was clearly mentioned that around 150 medical seats in KPC Medical College and Hospital will be filled up through NEET. But the college authority has decided to fill only 50 seats through NEET while the rest are reserved for students under the management quota. A senior official of the medical college said they have decided to conduct their own examination after the permanent committee of the college, formed by the state government and headed by a retired judge, approved it. He said there are 77 seats under the management quota, while 50 others would be filled up through NEET.
Professor Barun Saha Dalal, principal of the college, said: “We’ve not violated the Supreme Court guidelines. A committee formed by the state government decided to conduct the examination. We will fill up 50 seats through NEET." Moupia Bera, a medical aspirant, said: “How can the state government permit a private college to select candidates on its own when the state declared in court that they will fill the seats through NEET."
Md Alauddin Mondal, a lawyer who urges the college authorities to fill up the seats through NEET, said: “The college cannot conduct its own examination as it did not issue notification within the stipulated date as instructed by the Supreme Court.” Dr Susanta Banerjee, the director of Medical Education, was not available for comment.