THE STATE Government’s decision to allow Association of Private Dental and Medical Colleges (APDMC) to conduct common entrance test (CET) without setting up a Judge’s Committee for monitoring as per Supreme Court directive has got into a legal tangle.
The State unit of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has challenged the decision in the High Court. Instead of constituting a ‘permanent committee’ to monitor the admission procedure in the private professional colleges, the State Government has allowed private institutions to conduct CET in supervision of a committee headed by Director, Medical Education.
Admissions for the next academic year in private colleges would be made on the basis of CET conducted by the Association of Private Dental and Medical Colleges of Madhya Pradesh instead of Professional Examination Board.
The ABVP, which is considered student wing of the RSS, said in its petition that the move was aimed at benefiting private medical and dental colleges.
On the petition, notices have been served on the Chief Secretary, the Principal Secretary Medical Education and Association of Private Dental and Medical Colleges.
The ABVP has alleged in the petition that the State Government was violating the Supreme Court directive regarding setting up of a Judge’s Committee to monitor the admission process for private colleges. The ABVP moved the court after its repeated pleas to the State Government to revert the decision went unheeded.
In its petition, ABVP stated, “It is evident from the order that the MP Government has very cleverly resorted to the short cut method for giving undue advantage to private professional colleges”. Raising serious doubts over the decision, the ABVP alleged that the Government had not appointed a committee with malafide intention.
“The Government is afraid of strict compliance of the directions of the Supreme Court by which the private management would not be able to supersede the merit. It is also learnt that some ministers of Madhya Pradesh have vested interest in some of the private medical colleges.
Therefore, shortcut way has been chosen,” the petition alleged. When contacted senior officers of the department told Hindustan Times that the department had already requested the Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court to suggest name of a retired High Court Judge. “As soon as the Chief Justice suggests a name, process of constituting the committee would be completed,” they added.