The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday issued notices to the Punjab government, Dental Council of India, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, Adesh University, Bathinda, and Guru Nanak Dev Dental College and Research Institute, Sunam, on an appeal regarding the denial of registration numbers to BDS students.
The petition has challenged the dismissal of a bunch of petitions by 450-odd Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) students of private unaided dental colleges of Punjab who had challenged the university’s decision not to issue registration numbers to them.
Admitting the appeal, the high court has issued the notices for June 29.
On June 15, the high court bench of justice RK Jain had held that admissions to the course were to be done on the basis of the All India Pre-Medical Entrance Test (AIPMET) or any other test conducted by the state.
These students were admitted by private dental colleges on the basis of their marks in Class 12 (qualifying examination) for the academic session 2014-15. However, in February, the BFUHS had returned their registration numbers to respective colleges directing them to strike off their names.
The university’s decision was challenged by these students before the high court in April.
The high court held that these colleges not only violated the terms of the prospectus issued before the admissions but also the regulations of the Dental Council of India (DCI) and the Medical Council of India (MCI).
The court said Clause 4 of the notification (which talks about filling seats on the basis of the qualifying examination) ran contrary to the revised BDS regulations, 2007, and Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 1997.
The petitioners had pleaded that their admissions be allowed against the large number of vacant seats lying vacant after the counselling conducted by the university for the academic session 2014-15.
They had also argued that in most neighbouring states and in the past in Punjab as well, admissions were done on the basis of the qualifying examination. However, the high court did not accept the argument.