The State Government on Friday directed the Professional Examination Board (PEB) to conduct a fresh entrance test for admissions to private medical and dental colleges.
The Judge’s Committee chaired by Justice Chandresh Bhushan recently cancelled the Dental and Medical Admission Test (DMAT) 2006 following allegations of irregularities. The entrance exam was conducted by the Association of Private Dental and Medical Colleges (APDMC) of Madhya Pradesh.
The Medical Education Department directed the PEB to hold the exam even as the matter was pending in the High Court after an Indore student filed a petition challenging the cancellation of DMAT. The HC is scheduled to take up the next hearing on August 29.
The PEB has been asked to fix the exam date such a manner that results are announced by September 26 and the admission process (including counselling) is completed by September 30 as per a standing order of the Supreme Court.
The department, through a letter to the APDMC secretary, asked the association to hand over the exam forms of the students to the PEB. Thus students who had appeared for the DMAT-2006 will be eligible to write the exam without having to fill in fresh forms. No additional candidates will be allowed to write the exam.
Principal Secretary, Medical Education Department, I M Chahal told the Hindustan Times that the State Government decided to hold a fresh exam to clear confusions arising out of the cancellation of DMAT and keeping students’ interest in view.
The Supreme Court directive of completing the admission process makes it binding for the Government to take the step, she said.
Asked about the pendency of the matter in the court, Chahal said since the High Court had not granted a stay, there should be no legal hassle.
The entrance examination conducted by the PEB will ensure transparency and fairness and students will get admission to private dental and medical colleges within the time frame, a government release said.
Justice Chandresh Bhushan refused to comment as the matter was in court. He said he did not have any information about the decision.
Calling the decision ‘strongly objectionable,’ APDMC secretary Col A K Khurana said since the matter was in the court, the association would seek legal opinion before taking further steps.
He said hearing a petition by the Indore student, the High Court has issued notices to the Judge’s Committee and the association. As soon as the association gets the notice formally, it will file a reply, Khurana said.
Govt to PEB:
Conduct exam on such a date so that results can be announced by September 26 and admission process can be completed by September 30 as per a SC order. Students who appeared for DMAT will be eligible to write the exam without having to fill in fresh forms.
APDMC: Decision ‘strongly objectionable. But further steps will be taken after getting legal opinion. Justice Bhushan: No comments as the matter was in the High Court.
Congress: Decision is correction of a mistake on the part of the BJP Government. But the govt cannot escape charges of corruption unless a CBI probe into DMAT episode ordered.
MEANWHILE HC ruling on DMAT cancellation pending. Next hearing on August 29.
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