In a significant judgment, the Orissa High Court on Wednesday directed that the guidelines issued by the State Government, reducing the eligibility criteria for admission to in-service PG medical seats from five years continuous service to three years, shall not be applicable for the current year 2013.
A division bench of Chief Justice C Nagappan and Justice I Mohanty ordered that only those candidates with five years experience should be considered for admissions into PG courses. The new eligibility criteria cannot be implemented as the Government issued the changed guidelines much after the NEET results were announced.
The court had earlier concluded hearing on a batch of petitions filed by candidates Biswajeet Kar and others challenging the guidelines issued by the Government for in-service PG Medical seats and had reserved its judgment. Acting on the petitions, a stay had also been issued on the admissions.
The petitioners had alleged that the State Government had issued the guidelines, reducing the service years from five to three, after the NEET results were declared. This had created a discrimination as candidates had appeared for the entrance examination on the conviction that the eligibility criteria was five years of service. The criteria was operational through 2012.
The abrupt reduction of service years would make more students eligible for the seats and thus, affect their chances of getting admission into the PG courses.
The guidelines should be quashed, they had submitted.