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Serving Doctors Cannot Be Given Special Weightage to PG Admissions

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PG Medical Admission Satyaprata Sahoo supreme court judgementDoctors in service cannot be given any special weightage in admissions to PG medical seats in open category since in-service doctors are already having a separate quota for PG admissions and allowing them special weightage in open category would adversely affect the interests of meritorious candidates, the Supreme Court has ruled.

The apex court allowed the appeal by aggrieved open quota candidates challenging the Odisha Government’s decision to grant additional weightage for in-service doctors in open category despite, they though already have a separate quota.

Satyaprata Sahoo and others who appeared in the entrance exams for PG (Medical) selection 2012, Odisha, had challenged the validity of Clause 11.2 of the prospectus for selection of candidates for PG (Medical) courses in Government medical colleges as violation of Constitution’s Article 14 (equality).

87 seats were already reserved for serving doctors under the in-service category and 86 seats were available in the open category for admission to MD/MS courses. But the impugned clause gave an additional weightage in the open quota for doctors employed with Odisha Government, its undertakings, Central Government, its undertakings, public sectors and those who had worked in rural, tribal or backward areas.

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