No admissions for medical cources at CMC for this year

An extraordinary Council meeting was called on 2nd of September 2017 to discuss about the admissions for MBBS and Super-Speciality Post graduate courses for the current year.

After hearing detailed accounts of the historical background to the NEET and Common Counseling issue, and discussing various options available, the Council decided not to accept Common Counseling for either undergraduate MBBS admissions or post graduate super-speciality admissions. The principle of common counseling is not a minor issue or academic diversion: it strikes at the heart of the values and objectives of the Christian Medical College Vellore and will have a significant negative impact on Christian healthcare ministry in India.

CMC has not lost the case, in fact the Supreme Court judgment in 2012 rejecting NEET has still not been overturned, just sidestepped and ignored. A long series of judgments down the years have been favourable to CMC’s selection process and minority rights, but these have been ignored. There are grounds for optimism, but it is likely to take some time for CMC’s position to be vindicated.

Thus no admissions would take place until the existing cases had been decided by the Supreme Court and the admissions process was “sub judice”.

The Statement by the Director and Principal of CMC

Christian Medical College, Vellore has no objection to the NEET qualifying written examination, subject to the decision of the Hon’ble Supreme Court regarding the validity of the said exam, which is under challenge. In this background, for the academic year 2016-17, we accepted NEET as the eligibility exam and admitted 100 NEET qualified students.

This year also, candidates who have applied to CMC Vellore had to qualify the NEET for eligibility. We, however, object to the regulation imposing common counseling by the central and state appointed committees that was notified in March 2017. We are very strongly of the view that our counseling of candidates for selection, that has been in place since 1946 ought not to be disturbed, since the common counseling encroaches upon our right to select candidates who satisfy the criteria, ethos and objectives for which the Institution has been set up. That apart, the common counseling also nullifies the fundamental rights conferred on us under Article 30 of the Constitution of India.

Our petition against the common counseling is scheduled to be heard by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in October 2017. A final decision regarding admissions for this year will be taken subject to the decision rendered by the Hon’ble Court and the consequential directions issued. Till such time, the Undergraduate course will be run with one candidate, nominated by the Government of India admitted under an agreement, which has been in force for several years. The Higher Specialty courses will also be conducted with one candidate directed to be admitted by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in proceedings unrelated to NEET.

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