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SC backs MCI on common MBBS entrance exam
Published on 14 Dec. 2010 12:04 AM IST
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Medical Council of India (MCI) on Monday got the go ahead from the Supreme Court for holding a combined entrance test for All India Medical examinations. The apex court said that the MCI can frame rules for holding a combined medical entrance examination and that there was no case pending before it that had anything to do with MCI framing rules and regulations for conducting combined medical entrance exams for MBBS courses in India. The MCI has already come out with a scheme for a common all India examination for MBBS. But many state governments have been opposing the move by MCI. So the MCI went to the Supreme Court pleading that the court should give an approval for new policy.
The newly-constituted Board of Governors of MCI had on July 29, 2010, said it had approached the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to work out modalities for introduction of a common entrance exam system from 2011. The Board, which was reconstituted after dissolution of the corruption-hit MCI, has also approached private medical colleges with the proposal which in turn have agreed to it.
Admission tests are conducted yearly for nearly 32,000 undergraduate seats and 13,000 post graduate seats in medical colleges across the country.

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