Medical colleges in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have been instructed to fill up vacant PG seats by holding counselling for student admissions on July 23 and to submit the report by July 27. A two-judge bench of the High Court at Hyderabad comprising Justice Ramasubramanian and Justice A Shankara Narayana on Wednesday directed that counselling should be conducted to fill the unfilled postgraduate seats in government Medical Colleges in Telangana State and Andhra Pradesh.
The Divisional Bench gave the ruling in response to a batch petitions filed by Dr Approve and others.
The petitioners, both service and non-service candidates, complained that seats were not getting filled up due to irregularities in the admission processes of certain universities in the states, such as Dr NTR University of Health Sciences, Andra Pradesh and Dr Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences, Telangana.
The petitioners from both States pointed out the various irregularities and illegalities in the web counselling for postgraduate courses in both States but the court did not want to get into that. S V Simhadri, counsel for the petitioner pointed out that the candidates could not be blamed for the irregularities and therefore the seats should be filled.
The bench before passing orders also heard Dammulapati Srinivas, Advocate General of AP and N Ramachandra Rao, the Additional Advocate General of Telangana State.
The bench pointed out that 82 seats in AP and 32 seats in Telangana State were lying unfilled after the prescribed last date. The court said it was concerned about the huge number of seats going unfilled.
Speaking for the bench Justice Ramasubramanian pointed out that the non-filling of over 100 seats at the postgraduate level was not good in the interest of the students. It would not only be a huge waste of public money but would also cause huge damage to public interest and public welfare.
It, therefore, directed the colleges to conduct counselling on July 23 to fill PG medical seats in government medical colleges. Both the universities are to conduct the counselling for vacant seats for 2016-17 in both the States on July 23 and submit a report to the court on July 27.
Vivek Chandrasekhar, counsel for the Medical Council, pointed out that the MCI was bound to go strictly by the schedule fixed by the Apex Court.