Human error in manual compilation of computer data collected in excel spread sheets has resulted in 37 excess admissions into private medical colleges in the state, directorate of medical education told Madhya Pradesh High Court on Thursday.
The directorate’s comment came after the court sought its response on a plea filed by 37 students that cancellation of their admission last month was arbitrary and done in haste.
The students alleged that due to human error by the directorate, candidates, having better marks in National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-UG) 2016, got cancellation letters while some lesser meritorious candidates got admission into medical colleges.
‘Why should the students be punished for error committed by authorities?’
Paras Saklecha, a former Ratlam MLA and a supporter of the petitioners, said, “Why should the students be punished for error committed by authorities? The state government should allow the selected students to continue their education in medical colleges.”
In an affidavit, filed before a division bench of the court on Thursday, the directorate said during offline counselling, a large number of seats in Scheduled Tribe category remained vacant.
Such vacant seats were converted into vacant seats for Scheduled Caste (SC) students, then after providing admissions to SC candidates, the remaining seats were transferred to Other Backward Class category and then into open category seats, as per the regulations of the state government, it said.
Besides, “allotment of admission in offline counseling in the private medical colleges were totally based upon the interest of the student with reference to selection of place and institution of their choice”, the directorate said in its affidavit.
The high court heard arguments of both the sides but reserved its order.
A senior official, involved in the counseling process, told HT, “Transferring vacant seats from one category to another, then constantly updating the vacancy list of different colleges and compiling them manually may have resulted in error.”
The seats were allocated to students on October 7 but their admission of later 37 students were cancelled by the directorate on October 21.