Doctors associations in Tamil Nadu (TN) said on August 19, 2017 that the government medical colleges need not seek permission from the Medical Council of India to increase MBBS seats. On August 18, TN government proposed to increase at least 2500 MBBS seats after the Supreme Court asked the state and Medical Council of India to come up with a balanced situation keeping in mind the interests of high scorers in both NEET and Class XII board examinations for medical admissions.
Quoting a Supreme Court the association general secretary, Dr G R Ravindranath said the state must seek only health ministry's permission to increase the seats. In 2015, while passing judgement on a writ petition filed by the Chennai-based Sree Balaji Medical College and Hospital the court has said, "once a medical college is recognized under Section 11 of the Act along with medical qualification, thereafter, for increase in the admission capacity in any course of study or training that is recognized under Section 11 of the Act, only permission from the Central government as per the scheme under Section 10A of the Act is required."
It directed the government to process the institution's request to increase seats for its MBBS course from 150 to 250 for the academic session of 2015-2016 and pass orders within two weeks. "If a private university can increase 100 seats, then several premier institutions of government can also double their capacity. The government must seek ministries approval at the earliest," Dr Ravindranath. Similar judgements have been passed by courts in cases pertaining to two other medical institutions - S P Medical College, Rajasthan and Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi, he said.
At present, there are 3050 seats in government colleges and the state surrendered 456 seats to the All India Quota. The directorate of health service returned 58 seats to the state government, leaving the state with 2652 seats for counselling. The state officials say the 2,500 supernumerary seats will be the only way to minimize loss of seats suffered by students from both sides. – Times of India