The Punjab & Haryana High Court's recent order striking down the UT administration's eligibility criteria for MBBS admission under the UT quota has left many students seeking admission in medical colleges for the next academic year in a difficult situation.
On September 16 the court quashed the UT administration's regulations making it mandatory for candidates to clear Class 12 from a Chandigarh school, even for bona fide city residents, to be eligible for admission to the 77 MBBS seats reserved for the Chandigarh pool at the Government Medical College & Hospital (GMCH) in Sector 32.
The court's decision is likely to affect students from other cities who have secured admissions in schools in Chandigarh only to meet the eligibility norms.
Yash Chopra, a Panchkula resident whose son studies in a school in Chandigarh, said the decision has left him in a tight spot."Since my son is not a resident of Chandigarh, I'm worried whether he'll secure admission in the MBBS course after the high court quashed the UT administration's admission policy," he added.
Sanchit, an MBBS aspirant and a resident of Zirakpur, said his career prospects had become uncertain after the court's judgment.
Meanwhile, some academicians said the Government Medical College & Hospital should clarify its MBBs eligibility criteria for the next session as soon as possible.
Parents may move high court
Meanwhile, parents plan to file a petition in the high court to seek a review of the order. Gurcharan Anand, a resident of Mubarakpur near Zirakpur, whose son plans to enroll for the MBBs course, said: "Students are midway through their session.
Any change in the eligibility criteria, therefore, would definitely harm their career. We hope the Chandigarh administration doesn't revise its MBBS admission policy to the detriment of students."