Students were saved from writing a fresh entrance exam as the MP High Court quashed on Friday the cancellation of the Dental & Medical Admission Test (DMAT).
And they were reassured when the Association of Private Dental and Medical Colleges (APDMC) said that the results would be announced on Monday.
The candidates, who took the DMAT on August 13 after burning midnight oil, should not be made to suffer and take a re-test only because the members of Judge’s Committee doubted that the examination wasn’t transparent or fair, the High Court said. Justice Chandresh Bhushan Committee cancelled DMAT for private medical and dental colleges on August 19.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice A K Patnaik and Justice S C Sinho observed that the decision to cancel DMAT wasn’t supported by material to prove unfairness and ambiguity in the test.
After going through minutes of the Judge’s Committee meeting held on August 19, the court said that the DMAT was cancelled only on the basis of media reports that raised doubts regarding its fairness and transparency.
Certainly the media is a watchdog to ensure that examinations are held in a fair and transparent manner, but the Judge’s Committee decision should have been based on material facts rather than on media reports, the court observed.
The bench allowed the bunch of petitions filed by Sanjay Patni, some students and the Association of Private Unaided Dental and Medical Colleges of Madhya Pradesh challenging the Judge’s Committee decision.
Earlier, the HC summoned DMAT answer sheets and formed a committee of judicial officers to examine the copies. Nevertheless, the court on September 11 permitted the Professional Education Board to announce the fresh DMAT date and complete all formalities following a government plea. But it had observed that the test date would be subject to its final decision.
Meanwhile, APDMC secretary Col A K Khurana told the Hindustan Times that after announcing the results on Monday, the association would make a representation before the Judge’s Committee to go ahead with the admission process.
Khurana said that going by the committee decision, top 1000 students on the merit list would be sent computerised intimation about their allotment of course and college. The students had mentioned course and college options in their application forms and allotments would be done on merit. These students can approach the allotted colleges to seek admissions, he added.
Khurana said a fresh process would be conducted for admission to any vacant seat after the first phase. Any alterations in the process would be made according to the directions of the Judge’s Committee, Khurana added.