The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday ordered regularisation of admissions of more than 450 Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) course-2012 students, who were admitted without clearing the Punjab Medical Entrance Test (PMET) in 11 private dental colleges of Punjab.
The admissions have been regularised mainly on the ground that similarly placed students in Adesh Dental Institute/Adesh University, Bathinda, had also followed the same criteria as the petitioners, and their admissions had been regularised without any objection by the state government.
The judgment was pronounced on Friday on three petitions filed by 387 students of the BDS course-2012 who had approached the court seeking regularisation of admissions and directions to Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, to issue them roll numbers and allow them to appear in the exams. The detailed judgment is yet to be released.
On July 4, the high court had directed BFUHS to issue roll numbers to all candidates so that they could appear in the first-year examinations.
The state government had taken the stand that it had declined regularisation of admissions of such candidates, relying on the Supreme Court judgment dated May 8, 2012, in the 'Priya Gupta vs State of Chhattisgarh' case. The judgment provides for a transparent admission process through an entrance test.
However, the petitioners as well as the private dental colleges had informed the court that the admission process was completed before the Supreme Court judgment and the admissions were done strictly as per the guidelines in the prospectus.