The Punjab and Haryana high court (HC) on Tuesday directed the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, to grant admissions to three students, who passed the MBBS entrance test under new rules on the NRI quota.
The direction came from the single judge bench of Justice GS Sandhawalia, which held that the students were entitled for admissions on account of the settled procedure which had been notified, advertised, adopted and followed, instead of the "deviation"the administration (the college) had come up with midway.
The petitioner students had passed the entrance test conducted by GMCH 32 for six seats under the NRI quota for 2015-16. The test was held after the Medical Council of India (MCI) issued directions to the college to part ways with the earlier system of conducting admissions in the NRI quota on the basis of Class 12 marks. However, just before the admissions were to be done on the basis of CET exam, on August 18 the GMCH changed the criterion midway and came out with a notice stating that the criteria followed in 2014 for admission to MBBS NRI seats would govern the selections made for the year 2015.
The GMCH has six NRI seats, for which 24 NRI candidates had applied. Only 22 appeared in the examination and four qualified.
The high court bench allowed the petition of students stating that the terms of the prospectus had a "binding force of law"and petitioners who had been declared qualified as per the test "cannot be divested of their right of admission."