Coming to the help of an MBBS doctor who was denied admission in AIIMS due to change in prospectus by the institute a few days before counselling date, the Delhi High Court has directed it to give him admission in the PG course for the year 2011-2012.
A division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjeev Khanna directed AIIMS authorities to allot a seat to Varun Aggarwal in post-graduate course in the general category either in Surgery, Gynaecology or Orthopaedics in the next academic session.
The bench disapproved of the action of the AIIMS management and said "the AIIMS may have been conferred with the privilege of institutional preference but that would not enable it to change the prospectus in the manner it has been done. Thus, the action of the AIIMS on this score is vitiated and we cannot give a stamp of approval to the action..."
The bench added, "The hopes and aspirations of students, who came within the zone of merit, cannot be scuttled by changing the prospectus by way of introducing a corrigendum..."
Aggarwal filed a petition alleging AIIMS had failed to follow the procedure and changed the prospectus a few days before the counselling in June 2010.
Hence, he could not get admission in MS (Surgery) despite holding 179th rank in the merit list.