The Punjab and Haryana high court has made it clear that all students who pass Class 12 in the medical stream from Chandigarh schools and fulfil other criteria, such as being bona fide residents of Punjab, are eligible for admission in Punjab medical colleges under the 85% state quota seats.
The directions came from the division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Augustine George Masih on Tuesday while disposing of a petition filed by Manimajra (Chandigarh) resident Harleen Kaur.
The court observed that Chandigarh was a union territory, but it was also the capital of Punjab. Hence, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, should not bar students clearing Class 12 from Chandigarh schools from pursuing medical courses from Punjab colleges under the state quota, the court said. It was clarified that Chandigarh should also be treated as part of Punjab and students of Chandigarh schools should be deemed to have done Class 12 from Punjab.
The judgment has come as a big relief to students who wanted to pursue a career in the medical stream, but since they had taken admission in Chandigarh schools, they were barred from getting admission in Punjab medical colleges.
Appearing for the petitioner, advocate Rajiv Kataria had informed the court about the Supreme Court judgment of 2010 in which it had been ordered that students passing Class 12 from Chandigarh schools should be deemed to have done it from Punjab.
The petitioner, who wanted to get admission in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) course in Punjab medical colleges, was fulfilling all other laid-down criteria and she was a bona fide resident of Punjab because of her father's property in the state.
It was submitted that earlier there used to be a common entrance test as well as an entrance test for medical courses conducted by various states at the state level. But now, with the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET)-UG (undergraduate) 2013, there would not be any test by individual states. The NEET-UG 2013 examination was held on May 5. As per the advertisement issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education on December 1, 2012, for the NEET-UG 2013 examination, it was clearly stated that the reservation of seats in medical/dental colleges shall be as per the applicable laws prevailing in state/union territories.
Then and now
* Students who had cleared Class 12 from Chandigarh schools were earlier barred from admission in Punjab medical colleges
* Now, they are eligible for admission under the 85% state quota, provided they fulfil criteria such as being bona fide residents of Punjab