HC gives MBBS aspirant 6 days to challenge UT policy

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 18, 2014 16:11 IST

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday granted six days’ time to one of the MBBS admission aspirants in Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector-32, to challenge Chandigarh administration’s reservation policy framed in 2003.

According to the policy, a candidate must have passed the qualifying examination, Class 12 , from schools situated in Chandigarh for being considered against 85% MBBS seats in GMCH reserved for the Chandigarh pool.

Appearing for the petitioner, Akanksha Mehra, advocate Rajiv Kataria requested the court for some time to challenge the policy stating it as ridiculous and without any condition of domicile. He submitted that the policy was unjustified since it allowed a student who had studied for 11 years outside Chandigarh for being eligible for 85% UT quota just by passing plus two from Chandigarh school. Mehra had earlier approached the court challenging UT administration’s decision of not accepting her application for admission in GMCH under state quota, after which the administration had informed the court that it already had a policy on the subject framed in 2003.

Despite being a bonafide resident of Chandigarh and having done her schooling till Class 10 from schools in the city, the petitioner had become ineligible for admission to Chandigarh pool MBBS seats since she had passed Class 12 from a school in SAS Nagar. In All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) 2014, the petitioner had been declared successful and her ranking for Punjab medical colle ges was 313 and for Chandigarh seats as 40.The case will come up for hearing on July 22.

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