Prior Knowledge Of Senior Secondary Level Biology Or Biological Science Is Essential For Admission To MBBS Course: Supreme Court
The Supreme Court noted that prior knowledge of a higher secondary level of biology or biological sciences, both theoretical and practical, is a necessary qualification for admission to the MBBS Course. The bench included Justice L. Nageswara Rao and S. In an examination where the applicant is tested in physics, chemistry and biology, including practical testing in these subjects, along with English, Ravindra Bhat noted the equivalence in 'standard and scope'.
Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences declined to offer a candidate admission on the ground that in the qualifying examination there was no evidence of her studying Biological Sciences. Allowing the claimant to send a written petition, Telangana High Court, having taken notice of the certificate of equivalence issued by the State Board of Intermediate Education of Telangana, held that the university's refusal was unconstitutional. The University, assailing this order of the High Court, approached the Apex Court arguing that Regulation 4(2) of the Medical Council of India Regulations on Graduate Medical Education not only emphasizes the equivalence of the qualification in the Indian University/Board with respect to 10+2 or intermediate scientific examination, but that the student should have complete education in those subjects in each of the concerned years, i.e. 11th and 12th and should have passed 10+2 with English as a subject as well.
The court noted that the qualification equivalence is not merely at the level of a requirement of 10+2, i.e. that the candidate should have passed an examination at an Indian University/Board equivalent to the intermediate science examination. In addition to this requirement, in an examination where the candidate is tested in physics, chemistry and biology, including practical testing in these subjects, Regulation 4(2)(f) requires equivalence in 'standard and scope' along with English, observed by the bench.