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NEET SS 2019 Feeder Qualifications: HC Grants Relief To MD Paediatrics

Bringing major relief to an MD Paediatrics medico, who intended appear for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Super Specialty Courses, NEET SS 2019 in order to pursue DM Medical Oncology, the Madras High Court has issued a notice to the admission authorities and granted its permission to the doctor to take the examination.

The feeder qualification requirements for Medical Oncology in DM (Doctor of Medicine) were changed in April this year by the apex medical body, Medical Council of India (MCI) due to which the doctor was unable to apply for the NEET SS 2019 online.

There are reports about the case of the petitioner where the division bench of honourable Justices K Ravichandrabaabu and Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy of Madurai bench at Madras High Court has ordered the concerned authorities and permitted the petitioner to appear for the NEET SS 2019.

The case is that of a doctor who completed MD Paediatrics during the year 2014 is that as per the earlier Post-Graduate Medical Education Regulation 2000, (PGMER 2000), the feeder qualification for DM Medical Oncology course was MD Medicine or MD Radiotherapy or MD Pediatrics.

Accordingly, he had appeared for the NEET SS 2018 and successfully secured 51st rank and was allotted a medical college in Mumbai to pursue DM Medical Oncology course. However, he was not able to join the course due to personal reasons.

Thereafter, this year, the MCI had amended the feeder qualifications of 2 DM and 4 MCh (Master of Chirurgie) in India. The effect was issued in a gazette notification released by the MCI on Postgraduate Medical Education (Amendment) Regulation 2019.

Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that the council had removed many other redundant qualifications which acted as prior requirements to various DM and MCh courses. In particular, earlier for DM Medical Oncology, the prior requirements were MD Medicine, MS Radiotherapy, and MD Pediatrics.

In that way, the feeder qualification has been reduced to MD General Medicine, MD Radiation Oncology.

During the hearing before the bench, the doctor submitted that with the removal of MD Paediatrics qualification requirement for his preferred course, he was unable to submit an online application for NEET SS 2019. Hence, he moved the State High Court and pleaded the bench to for a direction to declare the Postgraduate Medical Education (Amendment) Regulation 2019 as illegal. He prayed to permit him to appear for NEET SS this year which is going to be held on 28 June 2019.

In view his petition, the HC ordered the concerned authorities and permitted the petitioner to appear for the NEET SS 2019 for DM Medical Oncology course. – Medical Dialogues 

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