Biology mandatory to pursue MBBS course says SC
Delhi: Setting aside a high court's order, the Supreme Court has recently ruled that it is essential that before pursuing an MBBS degree, an aspirant has prior knowledge, both theoretical and practical, of senior secondary level in biology and biological sciences.
The court also added that a candidate should mandatorily produce clear and categorical material to show that she underwent the necessary years of study in all the stipulated subjects in order to be considered eligible for an MBBS course.
This came after the Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences appealed against a decision of the Telangana High Court allowing a writ petition preferred by the student on this front. The respondent student had sought a direction declaring the action of the University in treating her as ineligible for admission to the MBBS Course for the academic year 2020-21, as illegal.
MCI emphasized that the candidate should have undergone study at the 10+2 stage, (or in the intermediate course) in the specified subjects of Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-technology. In this case, the certificate relied upon by the student merely clarifies that she undertook a course whilst in the 10th grade. That, by no means, is sufficient to fall within the description of "equivalent" qualification under Regulation 4(2)(f). Nor, in the opinion of this court, can it be deemed adequate having regard to the letter of the Assistant Principal of Conrad High School that the AP course in Biological Sciences is of college standard.
The further emphasis on having attended or undertaken practical lessons, (again at that level, in each of the concerned years) clearly signifies that a candidate should have undergone study in those subjects for the last two years at school or intermediate college level. The regulation is further clear that the examination score (marks) in Mathematics shall not be taken into consideration for the purpose of admission to a medical course, in reckoning merit or performance in the qualifying examination.
To be eligible, the candidate should produce clear and categorical material to show that she underwent the necessary years of study in all the stipulated subjects. This court is of the opinion that such stipulations are to be regarded as essential, given that the course in question, i.e., MBBS primarily if not predominantly, involves prior knowledge - both theoretical and practical, of senior secondary level in biology or biological sciences.
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