In a major reprieve for 258 first-year students of medical and dental degree courses, the Bombay high court on Friday directed the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) to accept their forms and allow them to appear for first semester examination to be held next month despite allegations of irregularities in the admission procedure.
The division bench of justice SJ Vazifdar and justice RY Ganoo has, however, directed that
their results should not be declared until further notice. The next hearing will take place in two weeks.
The bench was hearing a bunch of petitions filed by some of the 258 students and 14 medical colleges where these students have been admitted.
They moved the court after the MUHS on March 22 refused to let them appear for the exam following the decision of the Pravesh Niyantran Samiti (PNS), which held that their admissions be cancelled as they had not taken place according to established rules.
The PNS decision was handed down following an investigation into a petition filed by 27 students that claimed that private medical colleges had granted admissions to less meritorious candidates for MBBS and BDS courses after the second round of the Common Admission Process was completed, without first exhausting the wait list, thus depriving them of admission despite them scoring higher marks.
The HC bench passed the interim order primarily considering that the 258 students, who enrolled in the course last year, would lose out academically if they were now not allowed to appear for the semester examination.
The bench also noted that if the 27 students, who had filed the initial petition with the PNS, succeed in their litigation, these 258 students would not be able to appear for the examination, scheduled for next month.