The Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for admission to graduate and post-graduate medical courses for the current academic session by lifting the bar on declaration of results for MBBS, BDS and post-graduate courses.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir, which modified its earlier order in the matter, asked the Medical Council of India (MCI) and state universities to go ahead with the admission process.
"The students, who aspire to gain entry into medical colleges at the MBBS and BDS and the post-graduate levels, have been caught in the legal tangle for no fault of theirs and are the victims of policy decisions.
In order to safeguard their interests, as also the interest of the hospitals, we consider it just and equitable to lift the ban imposed by us on December 13, 2012," said the bench, also comprising Justice AR Dave and Justice Vikramjit Sen.
The order, however, does not clarify which scores - of MCI's National Eligibilty and Examination Test (NEET) or state examinations - would be considered eligible for admissions to post-graduate courses as students had taken both the exams conducted in December last.
The entrance tests were held after the SC permitted both - state universities and MCI - to go ahead with it.
But, at the same time it had restrained them from declaring the results.
The bench's interim order came after several colleges requested the court to alter its December 13, 2012 order.