MCI Regulations Barring Candidates With Biology As Additional Subject From Taking NEET Arbitrary: Delhi HC

Dec 17, 2017

The Delhi High Court provided a fresh lease of life to several MBBS aspirants by issuing a directive declaring the bar on students who had appeared and qualified their higher secondary board examinations with biology Or biotechnology for their optional subject, from appearing for NEET exams null and void. The dictum earlier issued by the Medical Council of India which is the governing body for medical studies in Indian oversees the functioning of all medical colleges within their jurisdiction. The verdict was welcomed by students who were petitioning against the MCI stringent authoritative prejudice and breathed a sigh of relief with the court order ruling in their favour. The High Court in its hearing over ruled the MCI’s decision and declared it to be absolutely arbitrary and a product of erratic whim rather than the logical conclusion arrived from the evidence at hand.

The MCI had, on the other hand, contended that that the court ruling violates its authority and freedom as governing body to exercise discretion and discerning autonomy to construct or devise the appropriate criteria and regulations for candidates to qualify eligibility, arguing that its prior dictum was in the best interests of filtering and recruiting the right talent for training to be medical professionals and experts.

Although condoning the court ruling and agreeing to abide by it with regard to a uniform standard of assessing essential qualification, the MCI maintained that the court, without the credentials for understanding the intrinsic in the field of medicinal studies and practise in India, should not dive too deep in detail as these prescribed standards are the direct consequence of years of expert evaluation and surveillance of the curriculum and standard of medical practice prevalent in India.

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