Adesh University, Bathinda, was forced to stop the admission counselling for the MBBS/BDS courses at the last moment on Tuesday morning.
The university was all set to go ahead with the counselling as students and parents had reached the campus. But, some parents objected to the process as soon as they came to know of the report published in Hindustan Times ‘Adesh varsity stopped from separate counselling’ on Tuesday.
There were heated arguments between some parents and the university authorities as the parents asked the university to stop the process.
“Initially, the authorities were all set to go ahead with the counselling. Then some parents asked the authorities to stop the counselling on the basis of the report published in HT,” said Harjeet Singh, father of an aspirant.
Soon, an official from Baba Farid University of Healt h Sciences, Faridkot, reached the campus and told the university authorities not to conduct the counselling.
Later, the university claimed that the Punjab government had restrained it from conducting counselling by an order of the chief secretary in 2012. The university challenged it in the high court and the order was quashed in May this year and the university allowed to hold a separate counselling, it claimed.
The university also appealed to the state government to withdraw the order or it would again approach the court.
MEDICAL EDUCATION DEPT CLARIFIES
Referring to the writ petition filed by Adesh University in the high court, the department of medical education and research, Punjab, has said that the decision (May 1, 2014) in the petition doesn’t allow the university to conduct a separate counselling. It was said in a letter sent to the registrar of the university by the joint secretary, medical education. The department said it had taken a serious note of the advertisements being issued by the university claiming to hold a separate counselling.
By the final year, the admitteed students were asked to pay Rs 9.66 lakh, and over five years, the fee was Rs 40.28 lakh.