The Supreme Court has said minimum prescribed standards cannot be lowered for those studying Ayurvedic, Unani and Homeopathy streams as they would also come out as doctors to treat patients
The top court ruled that it can be mandatory for the students to appear in all India National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test and secure the minimum percentile for admissions to undergraduate courses like BAMS, BUMS, BSMS, and BHMS and postgraduate courses.
“Doctors who are qualified in Ayurvedic, Unani and Homeopathy streams also treat patients and the lack of minimum standards of education would result in half-baked doctors being turned out of professional colleges,” a bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and Deepak Gupta said.
The court rejected a batch of appeals and writ petitions questioning the validity of regulations prescribing minimum 50th percentile for general category candidates and 40th percentile for Scheduled Castes and Schedules Tribes and Other Backward Class candidates for undergraduate courses and other similar rules for postgraduate courses.
The court also did not agree to a submission that there would be non-availability of eligible candidates for admission to AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa and Homoeopathy) undergraduate courses, saying it cannot be a reason to lower the standards prescribed by the central council.