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Deadline for medical course approval

New Delhi, May 13 (PTI): The Supreme Court has set a yearly deadline of July 15 for the government as well as medical and dental councils to issue recognition or approval for that academic year.

“The commencement of new courses or increase in seats of existing courses of MBBS/BDS are to be approved/recognised by the government by 15th July of each calendar year for the relevant academic sessions,” the court said, adding that if any such approval was granted after the date, it would be operative from the next academic year.

The court warned violation would invite both contempt proceedings and initiation of departmental action.

The ruling came as the court initiated contempt proceedings against six officials in connection with the admission of two girls to an MBBS course in 2006-07 in the Government NMDC Medical College in Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh, overlooking the claims of several other meritorious students and the time schedule.

According to the court, admission to medical or dental colleges shall be granted only through entrance tests conducted by the competitive authority in the state or the body of the private colleges.