MGR University Special examination for MD in Immuno Haemotology and Blood Transfusion Medicine for diploma-holders in clinical pathology DCP is illegal
CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University’s “onetime measure” of conducting a special examination for MD in Immuno Haemotology and Blood Transfusion Medicine for diploma-holders in clinical pathology without undergoing the regular three-year MD course has been declared illegal by the Madrashighcourt.The notification has been set aside. Delivering the verdict, Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar said the move was contrary to the MCI Act, 1956 andMCI regulations.
The orders were passed on a petition filed by five doctors who passed the three-year regular MD course in the same field and were aspiring for appointment to government service. They were challenging the university’s August 2, 2011 notification which said as a one-time measure, teaching faculty of the department of blood transfusion medicine and the blood bank medical officers of government medical colleges-who had a diploma in clinical pathology – would be allowed to write the MD examination in October 2011. Those who qualified in the exam would be eligible to register for the MD course aswell.
Responding to the university’s contention that it would submit a proposal before the MCI to determine if the exam was equivalent to the MD Immuno Haematology or not, the judge said if this submission was accepted, it would have “disastrous consequences” as all universities would conduct PG examinations either by conducting course or without conducting courses, without the approval of the governing board of the MCIor the Centre and then plead before the MCI to declare the PG degree or diploma as equivalent tothe approved course of MCI.
Pointing out that the university could conduct an exam for awarding an MD degree or an equivalent degree only to candidates trained in three-year PG degree course from approved medical institutions, Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar said there appeared to be no imminent necessity, that is, dearth of candidates for the university to conduct the special exam either.