The Punjab and Haryana high court has issued a notice of motion to the Punjab government on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed on the basis of an HT report about the admission of non-qualified candidates in 11 private dental colleges affiliated to Faridkot-based Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS).
The court issued notices to the respondents, including BFUHS, to file their replies by May 9. The PIL, seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the matter, was filed by advocate Hari Singh Nagra.
In a news report, '11 pvt colleges reduce Punjab pre-medical test to a farce' (February 23), HT had highlighted how 456 students were admitted by the 11 colleges to the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) course even though they had not qualified the 2012 pre-medical entrance test (PMET).
The report had also brought to the fore that at least four of the 11 colleges had admitted 11 candidates to the course even though they did not even appear in the PMET.
The petitioner stated that after reading the report, he felt disturbed that the university or its affiliated colleges were playing with the lives of innocent people by "selling seats of medical courses" to undeserving and unqualified candidates.
The court was told that a large amount running into crores of rupees appeared to have changed hands while selling seats of medical courses to undeserving candidates and the matter needed to be investigated by an independent agency.