A decision on regularisation of admissions of Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) course-2012 students, who were admitted without clearing the Pre-Medical Entrance Test (PMET) in 11 private dental colleges of Punjab, could not be taken on Monday as the state government failed to file its reply in the Punjab and Haryana high court.
However, in its reply, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, said since it was the "implementing agency of the notification issued by the state", it would adopt the reply filed by the state government. But till date, the university had not regularised petitioners' admissions, it was submitted.
The development took place during resumed hearing of three petitions filed by 387 students of the BDS course-2012 who had approached the court seeking regularisation of their admissions and directions to the university to issue them roll numbers and allow them to appear in the exams.
The exams were earlier scheduled to start on June 26, but the university had later decided to postpone these to July 5 when the high court issued it the notice.
The university, in its reply, informed the court that the petitioners were admitted by respective colleges on their own without the presence of any representative of the government/university and the petitioners also deposited fee with the colleges without the university's knowledge.
However, countering the university's reply, the petitioners' counsel submitted that admissions were made in the presence of government/university representatives and placed on record the admission proceedings dated September 29, 2012. The petitioners' counsel said not only admission fee but also registration fee and examination fee had been taken by the university. Now, at this stage, the university cannot say that all this had been done without its knowledge, especially when the same procedure was being adopted by the authorities since 2008 when the relevant notification dated March 31, 2008, came into existence, the counsel added.
The private colleges also filed their replies stating that all admissions were made as per the prospectus and Adesh Dental Institute/Adesh University, Bathinda, where the admissions had been regularised and the students permitted to sit in the BDS first-year exam, had also followed the same criteria.
The case would now come up for hearing on July 4.