Soli Sorabjee was a champion of freedom of speech and expression, and defended this right in many landmark cases, that included the Kesavananda Bharti and the SR Bommai cases, in the Supreme Court of India. To Sorabjee, human rights are the conscience of the Constitution, and an independent judiciary, its conscience keeper. Therefore, the Scholarship and Award stands reminiscent of Soli Sorabjee's achievements and his contributions to Human Rights advocacy in all its forms and an area of close interest to Sorabjee.
A bench of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and B.V. Nagarathna issued notice to the NBE, the National Medical Commission and Centre, and scheduled the matter for further hearing on Monday next week. The top court was hearing a plea by Prateek Rastogi and 40 postgraduate qualified doctors, who challenged the abrupt last-minute changes contending it was done to favour general medicine candidates.
Priti Nandan Kamat, a girl from Mumbai secured the first position amongst 53,950 students with a score of 388/700. Arjun Mehra from Delhi secured the first position in the new course amongst 1,07,215 students with a score of 674/800. The second and third positions were secured by Mahin Naim from Delhi and Sudeepta Benya from Bangalore with scores of 635/800 and 624/800, respectively.
While lakhs of medical aspirants annually appearing for the NEET examinations to secure admissions in the medical colleges, the practice of backdoor entry is massively discouraging and unfair for the hardworking aspirants. According to the directions of the Supreme Court (SC), the admissions in medical colleges, government and private, need to be done through a centralized counseling system only.
The new programme is offered by the Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) in collaboration with the Jindal School of Psychology & Counseling (JSPC). As the world in general, and India in particular, increasingly recognises the need for qualified and trained mental health professionals, this programme addresses a pressing need in the higher education space.
A bench headed by justice D.Y. Chandrachud said it cannot direct states to reopen schools for physical teaching. The bench noted, "We just got out of the second wave (Covid). We don't know where the spike is?" Justice Chandrachud emphasized that children need to go back to school but, it has to be decided by the states.
The university teachers are once again in a tussle with the Delhi government. There is a delay in giving grants to 12 colleges which are 100 per cent funded by the state government. Teachers say that the grant is insufficient. They now want the UGC to intervene and do justice to the students and teachers.