PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION Board (PEB) will conduct entrance exams for admission to private dental and medical colleges in the State on September 24, if the High Court in its final hearing on September 14 issues a directive for fresh test.
The PEB announced the date on Tuesday after the High Court permitted the announcement of dates of the entrance exams on Monday. However, the court made it clear that the exam would be held subject to the final hearing on September 14. PEB has, thus, only given a date of the exam and no other details.
Meanwhile, the Association of Private Dental and Medical Colleges – APDMC – handed over application forms of 7,500-odd students who had appeared for the DMAT-2006 to the PEB on Tuesday evening.
The APDMC is yet to hand over details of the examination centres and statistics of students who had appeared at each centre as the room of the association office with this record was under police seal. These documents too will be handed over to the Board on Wednesday after the police opens the seal in the presence of association office bearers.
Date to cramp schedule: If fresh entrance exams were conducted by the PEB on September 24 as announced, it will cramp up the schedule of admissions to private medical and dental colleges.
There are apprehensions that this way the Government might not be able to meet the September 30 deadline of the Supreme Court for completing the admission process of professional courses.
Medical Education Department and PEB will have just six days to announce results and then hold counselling for admissions.
APDMC to move SC
EVEN IF the High Court comes out with an order holding cancellation of DMAT-2006 valid and direct fresh entrance exams, the matter might not be resolved as the APDMC has already made up its mind to approach the Supreme Court for a decision asking for stay. Association sources said it was in all readiness to petition the apex court on September 15 itself.
In anticipation, the state medical education department was also in the process of filing a caveat before the Supreme Court, it was learnt.