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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Doctors want TNPSC exam cancelled

Doctors want TNPSC exam cancelled - Their applications for the posts of assistant surgeon were rejected
by Special Correspondent of the Hindu at

CHENNAI: Ten doctors excluded from the selection process for appointment to 1,825 posts of assistant surgeon have moved the Madras High Court seeking cancellation of the October 16 examination conducted by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC).

In the alternative, the petitioner-doctors have prayed for holding a supplementary examination for about 2,400 eligible doctors, including themselves, whose applications were rejected by the TNPSC on the ground that they had not filled certain columns and did not sign the mandatory declaration. As an interim relief, they sought to restrain the TNPSC from publishing the results of the October 16 examination.

Justice A. Kulasekaran, before whom the joint petition by doctors M. Satish Manoharan, D. Geethapriya and others came up for hearing ordered notice to the TNPSC and posted the matter to October 27 for hearing.

Maintaining that they did not fill up some columns in the application because they came under the `For Office Use Only" category, the petitioners said, "the application format created confusion in the minds of candidates."

They added that it was not a serious omission warranting rejection of application at the initial itself. As the applications were submitted by August 4, the authorities had sufficient time to call upon the applicants to rectify the mistake. By choosing to reject the applications summarily, the authorities "deprived the petitioners of their valuable right to get into Government services."

Of 1,825 posts, 530 are for speciality services.

Despite several requests, the petitioners and other similarly placed doctors were not permitted to verify the reason given by the TNPSC, the petition said.

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