Plea to disclose 50 percent of vacant MDRD seats
A public interest writ petition has been filed in the Madras High Court for a direction to the State government to disclose 50 percent of all the Post-Graduate Degree in Medical Radiology and Diagnosis (MDRD) course vacancy position for admission in 2013-14.
The first Bench of acting Chief Justice R K Agrawal and Justice M Sathyanarayanan, before which the PIL from Doctors’ Association for Social Equality came up on Tuesday, ordered notice to the officials concerned and posted the matter for further hearing on October 28.
According to the petitioner, 23 seats were available for the said course in the State in private and government run medical colleges. However, the vacancy position published by the selection committee for 2013-14 was only five seats, which were among the nine available seats in government colleges after having surrendered 50 per cent to the Central government quota. As per the Medical Council of India regulations, private medical colleges are duty bound to surrender 50 per cent of their seats for counselling. In turn, the authorities concerned are bound to notify the seats in such private medical colleges, as also the vacancy position.
The six seats available in Annamalai University, which is now administered by the government, were not notified in the vacancy position, petitioner contended.
Hence, the present petition for a direction to publish the real vacancy position before the second counselling.