Post Graduation (PG) from MCI Recognized Seat is mandatory for DM / MCh Super Speciality Courses.
It is laid down in the rules of Medical Council of India (MCI), stating that, the candidate must possess PG Medical degree from a medical college having recognition from MCI.
This is again confirmed in the year 2009, in an important judgment, Bombay High Court held, that only the students, who have PG Medical degree from a MCI recognized college can be admitted to Super-Speciality Courses of Doctor of Medicine (DM) and Master of Chirurgiae (MCh).
Eligibility Rules Relaxed
Why such a judgment was passed, could be understood by the fact that the State Government of Maharashtra, initiated to relax the eligibility rules in order to allow PG candidates who completed degrees even from non-recognized colleges to apply for DM / MCh Super Speciality courses.
“Hence in the year 2008, Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) Maharashtra, unilaterally relaxed the rules of eligibility conditions without taking approval of Medical Council of India (MCI)”.
The relaxation of eligibility rules allowed candidates who completed PG Medical Courses even from Non-Recognized seats, to appear for the entrance conducted by MHSSET-2008 for admission into DM / MCh Super Speciality Courses. Consequently this opportunity was grabbed by candidates, who possessed degrees from non-recognized colleges to join the DM / MCh Super-Speciality courses selected on merit basis.
Objections To Merit List
However, a doctor by the name Dr Bhavin Pujara approached DMER and wanted revision of merit list, stating that many candidates on merit list of MHSSET-2008 for admission into DM / MCh Super Speciality Courses are having PG medical degrees from colleges not having recognition by MCI. And later moved a petition in Bombay High Court challenging the admissions.
“After lot of deliberations and arguments, Bombay High Court Division Bench led by Justice D K Deshmukh gave a ruling that candidates who completed PG Medical degrees from MCI Recognized Seat only shall be admitted into DM / MCh Super Speciality courses as laid down in the eligibility conditions of Medical Council of India”.
Exception To The Rule
The court observed that the admissions for DM / MCh Super Speciality courses were done based on the new rules relaxed by the State & DMER, and held that it was not the mistake of the candidates, but for the State government had omitted certain part of the rules due to which the criteria did not get limited to degrees recognized by the MCI. The court gave an exception to the rule only for the 2008 joined candidates who had already completed 11 months allowing them to continue their study in DM / MCh Super Speciality Courses.
“This opportunity was God sent to MHSSET-2008 selected candidates having PG degrees from colleges not recognized by MCI”.
Dr Mukund Bajaj Is Last Lucky
It can be said that Dr Mukund Bajaj who attained his PG medical degree from Ambejogai Medical College which is not recognized by the MCI and few others are the first and the last candidates to be studying DM / MCh Super Speciality course in spite of having their MD / MS completed from Non-Recognized seats.
“However, the writing is clear on the wall, as emphasized by a Division Bench, led by Justice D K Deshmukh, that in future, candidates for the DM / MCh Super-Speciality course must have degree from a college recognized by MCI”.
From the above mentioned facts it is quite clearly understood that PG Degree Qualification from MCI Recognized Seat is a must for DM / MCh Super-Speciality Courses.[ad 2]
Hence it is for the knowledge of the students and candidates who are aspiring to join DM / MCh Super Speciality courses in future, be advised to see that you complete your PG Medical Degree from a MCI Recognized seat and avoid PG Medical Courses from Non-Recognized Medical College.
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