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Aspirants confused on MBBS admission norms

With Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, Chandigarh, yet to finalise the eligibility criteria for MBBS admissions, several medical aspirants in the city have been left in the lurch as registration for the All India Pre-Medical Test 2015 began on Monday.

chandigarh Updated: Dec 03, 2014 09:22 IST
Vishav Bharti

With Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, Chandigarh, yet to finalise the eligibility criteria for MBBS admissions, several medical aspirants in the city have been left in the lurch as registration for the All India Pre-Medical Test 2015 began on Monday.

GMCH-32 has, so far, admitted only those who have completed their Class 12 examinations from Chandigarh.

This was mandatory even for bona fide residents of Chandigarh.

However, a candidate Akanksha Mehra challenged the admission criteria in the Punjab and Haryana high court in September this year. Akanksha Mehra is the daughter of Rajiv Mehra and a bona fide resident of Chandigarh.

She completed her Class 10 examinations from Chandigarh, but her Class 12 examinations from Punjab. The high court (HC) directed GMCH-32 to admit Mehra and reframe its eligibility criteria.

However, the institution has neither framed new criteria for admissions nor has it challenged the HC order in a higher court.

But in response to a Right to Information Act application, the GMCH-32 administration said it would not admit any candidate, who has not completed Class 12 from Chandigarh.

In its response, it also said the admission criteria for the next academic session were yet to be finalised.

GMCH-32 director Dr Atul Sachdev said the institution would challenge the high court order in the Supreme Court.

“Even Delhi has a similar set of criteria. We will file an appeal in a higher court soon,” he said.

Dr Arvind Goyal, a city-based academician, was of the view that the UT administration should frame the eligibility criteria at the earliest to avoid confusion at a later stage.

“The new criteria should not have any retrospective effect as it will lead to unnecessary litigation,” he said.

Issue in a nutshell

GMCH-32 has, so far, admitted only those who have completed their Class 12 examinations from Chandigarh. This was mandatory even for bona fide residents of Chandigarh.

A candidate, who completed her Class 10 examinations from Chandigarh, but her Class 12 examinations from Punjab, challenged the policy and the directed GMCH-32 to admit the student and reframe its eligibility criteria.

Till now, the institution has neither framed new criteria for admissions nor has it challenged the HC order in a higher court.

GMCH-32 director Dr Atul Sachdev said the institution would challenge the high court order in the SC.