Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday issued notice to Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, on a petition filed by some students stating that admissions under the NRI quota in medical colleges were statutorily not required through the Common Entrance Test (CET).
They submitted that they met the necessary eligibility conditions and had obtained eligibility certificates for the NRI category, seeking admission to the MBBS/BDS course for the session 2015-16 against the NRI quota seats.
It has been argued that in terms of Section 4(3) of the Punjab Private Health Sciences Educational Institutes (Regulations of Admission, Fixation of Fees and Making of Reservation) Act, 2006, admission to all categories of seats in private health sciences institutes, except in case of NRIs, are to be made on the basis of merit of the candidates who appeared in the CET. However, the candidates seeking admission to the MBBS course against the NRI quota seats were statutorily not required to appear in the entrance test, Sehaj Bir Singh, one of the lawyers associated with the case, said.
On Tuesday, a single-judge bench had ordered that the NRI seats be filled on the basis of the CET.
The high court bench of justice SS Saron and justice Amol Rattan Singh has asked the university to give the names of the general category candidates who have been admitted against the NRI quota. It has also been asked to give other details of information provided on the website or otherwise on the admission of NRI candidates.
The court was also told that though the Supreme Court deadline of September 30 for these admissions was over, the admissions could still be allowed in certain cases where the delay was due to court orders or some other reasons.
The matter will come up for hearing on Monday.
There are 102 NRI seats in medical colleges of the state; through CET, only 17 candidates had qualified.