CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has directed the State government to provide 30 per cent incentive marks to ‘in-service’ candidates who have served in rural/hilly/remote areas as mandated under the PG Medical Education Regulations, 2000.
The State government is trying to give a go-by to the Medical Council of India Regulations and the PG Medical Education Regulations, 2000 which has the sanction of the Centre. Hence, the State cannot adversely affect the standards laid down by the Centre,” Justice Puspha Sathyanarayana said on Monday.
In his writ petition, Rajesh Wilson, who has served three years as assistant civil surgeon at the government primary health centre at Sholayar Nagar in Coimbatore, claimed that he was entitled to 30 per cent additional marks on the total marks obtained by him in the NEET exam for admission to PG course in the 50 per cent reserved category for government servants.
But, on the contrary, the prospectus showed that the merit list will be drawn for a total mark of 100 by computing the NEET PG 2017 (90) marks and the marks for experience (10).
“Clause 17(b) of the prospectus says that service candidates should be awarded marks,” petitioner said. The special govt pleader contended that the petitioner having applied for the TN service candidates quota, is bound by the prospectus for admission.
Accordingly, the DME and the Selection Committee are directed to follow Regulation 9 (4) of PG Medical Education Regulations by adding 30 per cent marks on the marks secured by him in NEET exam while preparing the rank list for admission to PG course in 50 per cent reserved category. The judge directed the government to give due weightage marks to the petitioner.