GMCH-32 to review decision

  • Vishav Bharti, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 29, 2014 08:13 IST

On the directions of the UT administration, the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, has decided to review the controversial decision of reserving one MBBS seat for Scheduled Caste (SC) category students under the NRI seats. The decision was taken on an order issued by UT home secretary Anil Kumar.

The development was confirmed by college principal Dr Atul Sachdev. He said he had received representations from parents of some of the candidates and directions from the senior administration authorities. “So review of the decision is an obvious move,” he said.

He said the review would be done in the light of reservation policy and different precedents of admissions.

On June 19, the UT home secretary passed the controversial order of reserving a seat for NRI-SC candidate. HT on June 26 had highlighted how in a case of favouritism, the GMCH director issued corrigendum on the orders of the home secretary saying to reserve one NRI seat for SC candidate.

The order also said if an NRI seat remained vacant, then it would be reverted to SC-UT candidate, instead of the seat going to an NRI candidate.

In subsequent reports, HT had highlighted that there was not even a single application from any NRI-SC candidate, and how the home secretary issued the order despite opposition from the GMCH director and faculty.


In a representation submitted to the GMCH principal, NRI candidate Kurrun Singh Sekhon said the addition of an SC seat to the existing 12 SC seats would increase the number to l3 and raise the SC representation to 17% which violated the constitutional limit to keep the SC representation to 15%. It is therefore requested that the entire admission process be conducted according to the clear guidelines of the GMCH Admission Prospectus 2014 so that justice is served.

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