The Supreme Court on Monday gave an important clarification that will enable the Medical Council of India (MCI) to go ahead with its plan to hold a single common entrance test (CET) for MBBS and postgraduation seats in all government and private medical colleges from the 2011-12 academic session. Appearing for the MCI governing council, senior advocate Amarendra Saran told a bench of Justices R V Raveendran and A K Patnaik that the regulator was not issuing the notification for a single CET because of the pendency of petitions before the apex court. The bench, however, clarified that “pendency of petitions will not stand in the way of MCI notifying the new regulations (proposing single CET) and others from challenging the notification (subsequently)”. Once MCI issues the notification, there will be a single entrance examination each for the MBBS and MD courses offered by all 271 medical colleges, 138 run by governments and 133 under private management. These colleges offer over 31,000 seats for MBBS courses and another 11,000 seats for PG degrees.