By Rajas Salpekar (Covid-19)
The Supreme Court bench consisting of Justices Mohan M Shantanagoudar and R Subhash Reddy issued a stay in the implementation of order of Telangana High Court which ordered a suspension of conversion of PG Diploma seats in MD/MS seats for 2020-21. The Apex Court has further ordered the various stakeholders i.e. National Board of Examination (NBE), the central government and Medical Council Of India to respond in the matter.
The Telangana, earlier, had ruled to suspend the conversion of seats of PG Diploma to MD/MS while hearing the plea of aggrieved in-service students. The Telangana High Court had also observed that this conversion will help the private colleges and deprive the government doctors, posted in rural areas from pursuing diploma. The hon’ble high court also commented that ‘this is not the way the government doctors, who are waging a relentless war against COVID-19, should be treated.’
However, challenging the order, Kamineni Medical College & Ors came to the Supreme Court for rescue and said that they were not given a chance to present themselves properly and thus the Telangana High Court had violated the principles of natural justice. The appellants also requested the Apex Court to interfere as otherwise 18 medical seats will go vacant for the year.