AHMEDABAD: A student from NHL Medical College approached the High Court of Gujarat, challenging the new National Medical Commission (NMC) regulations which seek to restrict internships to the college in which the student was enrolled for the MBBS course.
According to previous regulations, MBBS students could begin their mandatory one-year internships at any medical school in the country after completing four and a half years of study. They just needed the consent of their own colleges as well as the colleges in which they wished to do an internship.
Petitioner Shruti Gupta wishes to do an internship at a GMERS college in Vadodara as she completed her course at NHL Medical College in Ahmedabad. She approached both colleges and sought a NOC to this effect, but received no response following the NMC’s 2021 Mandatory Rotating Medical Internship Regulations. She made representation to the NMC and filed a petition in the High Court.
The Student Advocate Mitul Shelat argued that the new Internship Regulations cannot be made applicable in the case of his client because she had been admitted to MBBS long before NMC issued new Internship Regulations and the NMC Act itself does not come into force. The old regulations allow a student to opt for any medical school in the country for an internship.
After hearing the case, the bench of Chief Justice Aravind Kumar and Justice Ashutosh Shastri commented that the petition seemed premature as the colleges involved had not made any decision on the student’s claim. The student should have waited for the response, he said. To this, the attorney argued that since there had been no response to her request, the student had made representation to the NHL Medical College and the NMC. The bench issued a notice to the NHL Medical College, asked the petitioner’s attorney to serve a copy of the motion on the college’s attorney, and released a new hearing Monday.