A day after the High Court held as illegal Gujarat University’s decision to give grace marks to students, who had failed the entrance test to post-graduate medical courses, GU announced a retest on May 26.
The retest was one of the options suggested by the court. It will be held to fill 240 vacancies to MD/MS courses.
In the first entrance test, conducted in the third week of April, only 20 students passed. The varsity gave grace marks to doctors, who failed to secure the minimum qualifying marks, but that led to a litigation.
On Thursday, the court, while setting aside a petition, granted the request for a retest or another alternative in the interest of those doctors who failed the first test.
Vice-Chancellor A U Patel said that the university was bound by the court’s order and decided to give one more chance to the 240 doctors. He said the six doctors, who had filed the petition challenging GU’s decision to grant grace marks, approached him on Friday and said they were ready for a retest.
Forms will be issued on Monday and Tuesday and have to be submitted by May 25.
The court order had stated that, whichever option GU decided on, all procedures should be completed by May 31, the deadline set by the Supreme Court.
The SC had directed the MCI to ensure that admission procedure at all universities was completed by this date.
However, the doctors said that they preferred the ‘other alternative’ to retest as they had little time on hand to prepare for the exam.
‘‘Even professors, who set the question paper, are short on time. How do they expect us to prepare 22 subjects in four days?’’ asked a doctor on condition of anonymity. They said that only those doctors, who had been preparing for two to three years, could clear the first test.
A group of doctors even called on Minister of State for Education Anandiben Patel at Gandhinagar to explain their predicament.
‘‘They explained their predicament, but that’s only one side of the story,’’ she said.
She immediately called a meeting with officials from education and health departments and the vice-chancellor at Gandhinagar on Saturday. ‘‘We will try to solve the matter as it concerns the future of doctors,’’ she said. She added, ‘‘It does not make any difference if all the seats are not filled.’’