The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday granted three days' time to the Punjab government, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, and 11 private dental colleges to file their replies after it (court) was informed that the university had decided to postpone the first-year examinations of Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) course-2012 to July 5 onwards.
The decision came from the court headed by justice AK Mittal during resumed hearing of three petitions filed by 387 students of the BDS course-2012 who were admitted to the course without clearing the Pre-Medical Entrance Test (PMET). The petitioners' had sought regularisation of their admissions and directions to the university to issue them roll numbers and allow them to appear in the exams which were scheduled to start on June 26.
The Dental Council of India had refused to regularise admissions of these students. However, the petitioners had informed the court that they were admitted after fulfilling the relevant criteria mentioned in the prospectus, their fee had been accepted by the university and they had been attending classes regularly.
When the case came up for hearing on Wednesday, the university's counsel informed the court, "The university has decided to postpone the exams. These will now commence on July 5."
Adjourning the case for the next hearing on July 1, the court made it clear that the respondents should make sure that their replies were filed by June 29. When petitioners' counsel Manish Kumar Singla again requested the court for issuing directions to the university to now at least issue roll numbers to the petitioners, as had been issued to their classmates, the court rejected the request.
The counsel said, "Of the total of 450 students who had not been issued roll numbers, 440 had appeared in the PMET… But the court said that when the examination had been postponed, there was no need at present to issue such directions."