Supreme Court: Knowledge of biology or biological sciences is compulsory for MBBS admission

Case- Kaloji Narayana Rao University Of Health Sciences v. Srikeerthi Reddy Pingle

The Kaloji Narayana Rao University had refused to grant admission to a candidate as was no proof that the candidate had studied biological sciences in the qualifying examination.

The candidate then filed a plea in the Telangana High Court.

After taking note of the equivalence certificate issued by the Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education, the Telangana HC held that refusing admission is illegal.

An appeal filed by the University was heard in the Supreme Court by a bench consisting of Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice S. Ravindra Bhat.

The Bench referred to Regulation 4 of the Medical Council of India Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997.

It was stated that these regulations stipulate that the eligibility criteria for admission to MBBS course is that the candidate should have undergone study in the subjects physics, chemistry and biology/Bio-technology in the 10+2 stage, or in the Intermediate course.

The Supreme Court held that prior knowledge of senior secondary level biology or biological sciences along with practical knowledge of the English language is at “the heart of eligibility” for MBBS admission.

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