Adesh University, Bathinda, has accused the Punjab government of causing hindrance in the university’s admission process and for not finalising its statute as well as the first ordinance submitted to the state government authorities on October 10, 2012, and May 14 this year, respectively.
In its reply to the Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday, it was submitted that in the absence of non-conduct of statutory duties by the state, the fully autonomous university could not sit idle for years together after spending hundreds of crores without admitting students for its 150 MBBS and 100 BDS seats.
Taking the university’s reply on record, justice GS Sandhawalia has now directed the state government to file its reply to the allegations made by the university by July 23.
The university in its reply submitted that although the state government had informed the high court earlier that the principal secretary, higher education, has called the university officials on July 24 to discuss its ordinance, but till date neither any intimation had been sent to the university nor any objection raised against its first statute and first ordinance.
The reply reads that as the Medical Council of India (MCI) has sanctioned 200 more seats for medical colleges in Punjab, there will be no problem regarding to the counselling done by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) for admission to Adesh University as those students could be adjusted in other institutions.
“The university has made admissions on the basis of the All India Pre Medical Test, 2014, conducted by the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) in a totally fair and transparent manner and even the fee charged by the petitioner university is as per the prospectus… and is the same which has been fixed by the state for admission to be made to private institutions in the management quota,” reads the reply.
It has also been submitted that the petitioner university had only made admissions on the basis of counselling for 400 students who had applied for admission.