The Supreme Court has issued contempt notices to top officials of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (Aiims) on a petition, arguing that the medical school violated repeated SC orders and its own prospectus in admissions, wasting fiercely sought-after seats.
The apex court has issued notices to the Aiims director, dean and registrar on a petition alleging contempt of court after the premier medical school earlier this month allowed its postgraduate students to reappear for admission counselling to seats in more sought-after disciplines.
The outcome of the case is critical for hundreds of post-graduate medical aspirants across the country who have campaigned for over a year now against the wastage of precious seats at Aiims and other top medical schools.
At least five different SC judgments have held that students once enrolled and pursuing a postgraduate medical course cannot shift stream or institution in subsequent years after reappearing for entrance tests and admission counselling.
The Aiims prospectus itself states that "candidates who have already done/are pursuing MD/MS/MDS [postgraduate medical courses offered at the Institute] in any subject at the time of counselling shall not be considered for admission to MD/MS/MDS courses".
The SC orders and the Aiims prospectus are aimed at minimising the wastage of seats left vacant by students who quit postgraduate courses to take up more sought-after courses.
Based on earlier violations of admission norms, the Delhi high court had ordered Aiims to keep a seat vacant for a student petitioner who had pointed out the violations that led to his losing out on a seat the HC concluded he deserved.
Aiims challenged the HC verdict in the SC, arguing that students other than the petitioner, who may have also suffered due to its violations, be allowed to compete for the seat. The SC agreed.
But in the counselling held by Aiims, the institute allowed students already studying other post-graduate medical specialties to compete for the seat. The student eventually picked was also already studying at Aiims - in violation of the Institute prospectus.