Chennai: Another Centre-state battle is brewing, this time over medical admissions. The Centre wants common counselling for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate medical seats in institutions across the country to “implify” the process and reduce blocking of seats. Tamil Nadu’s health minister Ma Subramanian says this cannot be done. “We will be writing to the Centre. We are opposing NEET and at this juncture, the Centre cannot take away states’ rights and responsibilities in medical admissions,” he said. A delegation from the state will also meet the Union heath minister, he said.In March, the director-general of health services Dr Atul Goel sent a letter to the state health Secretary P Senthilkumar and Director of medical education Dr R Shanthi Malar saying the Centre’s medical counselling committee will conduct counselling for all seats in government, private and deemed institutions across the country. So far this committee had conducted counselling only for all seats in AIIMS and JIPMER, central and deemed universities, and 15 per cent of seats in state-run medical colleges under the all-India quota (AIQ).
“Keeping in view the various court directions to simplify the counselling process and to reduce seat blocking by candidates/college/institute. It is being proposed in consultation with NMC to have common counselling for 50 per cent AIQ and 50 per cent state quota in PG and 15 per cent AIQ and 85 per cent state quota in UG courses,” Goel said. The committee, however, said the seats in the state quota will be filled as per the state reservation rules including in-service and domicile requirements.
Dr Goel asked the states to send details of reservation policies and identify a nodal officer from each state who was well conversant with the existing rules to coordinate with the central team. Senior officials in the state said Tamil Nadu had a unique admission formula where 69 per cent of the seats were set aside for reserved categories and there was 7.5 per cent quota for government school students.
“In addition, we follow a complex looping system to ensure all open category students get the seats of their choice and are not allowed seats in the reserved category. It may not be easy to transfer data,” the official said. The service and post graduate doctors association on Sunday urged the government to ensure admission is done by the state committee.
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