SC orders status quo on medical counselling in MP

SC orders status quo on medical counselling in MP

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered status quo in admission to undergraduate medical courses in private medical institutes in Madhya Pradesh on a plea of contempt of court filed by the state government.

The state government had contended that private medical colleges were not admitting students on the basis of centralised counselling being conducted by it, and were thus acting in “wilfull and deliberate disobedience of top court’s May 2 verdict.

The constitution bench comprising Justice Anil R Dave, Justice AK Sikri, Justice RK Agrawal, Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice R Banumathi issued notice to the private medical colleges, their association and deemed universities based in the state returnable before September 19 when the bench would hear the contempt plea.

The order of status quo is effective both on the counselling being conducted by the respective private medical colleges and the centralised counselling being done by the state government.

Alleging “wilfull and deliberate disobedience” of top court verdict, Additional Solicitor General PS Patwalia told the court said that the private medical colleges were repeating their defiance of the top court’s order.

He referred to an earlier judgment of the court wherein some of the private medical colleges were hauled up for their defiance of the court’s order.

Appearing for the private medical colleges, senior counsel Kapil Sibal said that it was the fundamental right of the private colleges to admit students through their own counselling.

To buttress his point, Sibal told the bench that private medical college had a different fee structure, and the state government, after counselling, send a student for admission but he may not be able to afford to pay the fee being charged by the college. Same thing may happen in the second counselling.

Before the issuance of notice, Justice Sikri told Sibal that he had a “point which needs to be considered”.

Alleging that government was destroying education, Sibal said that when everything starting from NEET to admission was being done by the state, then why would private entrepreneurs establish private institutions, adding that entire the state-led counselling was contrary to the statute and the regulations.

At this Patwalia said that private medical colleges could not challenge the provision of statute and regulations in a contempt plea.

Madhya Pradesh government, in its petition, seeking contempt proceedings against private medical colleges has said that the top court in its May 2 judgment had said that the centralised counselling by the State government does not violate any fundamental right and is in public interest.

The state government in its petition said that by September 2 communication to the state government, the Association of Privates Medical and Dental Colleges said that they would be holding their own counselling as the counselling being conducted by the State government was not in accordance with law.

The petition by the state says that the central government by its August 9 circular had directed combined centralised counselling on the basis of merit of NEET.

Schools asked to make Divyang-friendly facilities: Javadekar

Schools asked to make Divyang-friendly facilities: Javadekar

Mumbai: The Centre will make a slew of provisions for Divyang students in the upcoming education policy and has already asked schools to provide adequate facilities to them, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Saturday.

“We will make a lot of provisions for Divyang students across the country in our upcoming new education policy. We have asked the management of schools to provide ramps in buildings, make available separate toilets for them or modify/upgrade the existing toilets and facilitate their easy movement on the premises,” he said.

Javadekar was talking to reporters on the sidelines of an event where he met and interacted with over 100 visually impaired girls at a city school.

He said interaction with Divyang students was part of BJP’s decision to celebrate September 17, the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as Sewa Diwas.

“Our MPs, MLAs and other leaders decided to celebrate our Prime Minister’s birthday as Sewa Diwas. Therefore, we decided to reach out to Dalits and those oppressed and underprivileged,” he said.

Javadekar was impressed with the training facilities available for students at the 116-year-old Kamla Mehta School for the Blind in Dadar.

Lauding the efforts and aspirations of the girls and their teachers, the minister said, “What we all need is just commitment and zeal to move ahead in our life. These girls are a source of energy and inspiration.”

Maharashtra Minister for Social Justice Rajkumar Badole, BJP MP from Beed Preetam Munde and officers from the office of Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities were present on the occasion.

Javadekar also briefly highlighted what the NDA government was doing for the uplift of Divyangs (persons with disabilities).

“Our government has undertaken ‘Sugamya Bharat’ initiative to achieve universal accessibility (of infrastructure) for Divyangs.

“The government is providing needful support by appointing teachers for Divyang students. And now the need of the hour is to go for mapping of such students, bring them to schools and impart them with necessary skill sets.”

UPSC Civil Services 2016 preliminary exam results declared

UPSC Civil Services 2016 preliminary exam results declared

New Delhi: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has declared the results of Civil Services preliminary examination on its official website.

Candidates can check the results by logging on to the official website www.upsc.gov.in

Steps to check the results:

 Click on the link ‘UPSC Civil Services Prelims Results 2016’

Enter the details like application number, gender

Click on submit

Admit Card will be displayed on the screen

Save it and take a print out for further reference

The candidates who have cleared the exam successfully will have to appear for the (Mains) exam and a personality test/interview round. The main examination is scheduled to be held on December 3.

The candidates who will clear all the examinations successfully will be hired for the respective posts.

About UPSC:

Union Public Service Commission works under the government of India to recruit staff for various posts in the various ministries and departments of the Government of India and in subordinate offices. The commission also conducts examinations for the recruitment in various government departments of the country.