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Failures can become docs here

Gurgaon dental college admits students who flunked entrance

india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 02:37 IST

Even as the country debates the issue of reservation, a dental college in Gurgaon went a step ahead and allegedly allowed admission to students who had failed in the Common Entrance Test (CET) for its Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) course. But the college's policy has no place for students who had actually qualified the exam conducted by the MD University.

It's also alleged that 15 seats reserved for foreign students (NRIs and NRI-sponsored candidates) were filled by admitting local students in gross violation of the Haryana government's guidelines. The Union Ministry of Health has directed the Dental Council of India (DCI) to conduct an inquiry into the matter.

The management of Sri Govind Tercentenary Dental College, against whom a former minister has levelled the charges of illegal admissions, passed the buck on to the Haryana Management Committee headed by a former justice, RK Nehru, saying that the admissions were done on the guidelines issued by the committee.

MN Pippal, a former minister and resident of Gurgaon, had written to the Union Ministry of Health, Haryana CM, DCI and other concerned agencies alleging gross violations done by Sri Govind Dental College in the admission of BDS candidates. He has claimed that the college authorities allowed admission to 36 candidates who had failed to qualify the CET to fill 35 management quota seats "One candidate who had secured 25.25 marks out of 200 and seven students who got 40 per cent marks were allowed admission at the cost of those who not only qualified the required 50 per cent marks but were placed much higher in the merit list," Pippal said.

Even in management quota, the colleges are required to take candidates on the basis of the CET merit as per the guidelines of Haryana Government with regard to admissions in MBBS/BDS courses in private-unaided colleges.

When contacted Manmohan S Chawla, the managing trustee of Sri Govind Tercentenary Dental College, said, "All the admissions in management quota were done as per the guidelines issued by the State Management Committee. We have not violated any rule. One old associate of the college who was prosecuted for embezzlement of college funds is spreading bad word about the college to defame it."