The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday allowed dental colleges of Punjab to make admissions to post-graduate (PG) dental courses under the management quota in their respective institutes.
The high court order came on a petition of 11 colleges under the banner of the Punjab Private Self-Financed Dental and Medical Colleges Association, which earlier on Wednesday challenged the June 8 letter of the director, research and medical education, Punjab, which had “virtually” barred the institutes from making admissions to the Master in Dental Surgery (MDS) courses.
The vacation bench of justice AG Masih, while allowing these colleges to make admissions for 50% management quota seats, also issued notices to various parties for July 6, but made it clear that these admissions would be subject to the final outcome of the writ petition. The colleges have also been told that the students be apprised of this condition.
The petitioners had challenged the June 8 letter, whereby a rider had been imposed that admissions could not be made of candidates who had not appeared in the All India Post-Graduate Dental Entrance Exam (AIPGDEE-2015), while mentioning that the admissions be made in BDS/MDS courses only on the basis of counselling of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot. The colleges were also asked not to admit students at their own level, the petitioners’ counsel, Manish Kumar Singla, said.
They had argued that the director’s letter was contrary to the notification of the Punjab government and the Dental Council Rules. As per the notification, after considering all eligible candidates from the AIPGDEE-2015 merit list, if seats still remain vacant, then these can be filled on merit basis of the individual cumulative performance at the first, second, third and final BDS examinations passed from all other recognised or reputed universities of the country. Also, 50% seats are reserved for the government quota, whereas the remaining 50%, including 15% NRI quota, are reserved for the management/minority, as per the earlier notification.
The director, research and medical education, Punjab, is not the competent authority who could have issued such a direction since the notification has been issued by the state and the director has no jurisdiction to do so, the petitioners have claimed.