In a major reprieve for 28 post graduate students of RA Poddar Ayurvedic College, the Bombay high court on Friday directed the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) to release their final examination results.
The students had moved the high court after MUHS withheld their results on grounds that their seats were not approved by the Central Council for Indian Medicine, and refused to declare the same unless their seats were approved.
Ironically, the students were allowed to pursue studies for three years and only at the end of the MD/MS course were they told about the non-approval of their seats.
The were first informed on June 17, 2011 that the university had taken objection to their admissions, and had granted them provisional permission to appear for the final examination.
Subsequently, when they went to see the dean of the college they were informed that the Central Council had instructed the college to restrict its intake to 22 against the earlier approved 47.
They contended in their petition that the Central Council had issued the directive shortly after they took admissions – on August 31, 2008 – and that they would have opted for some other college had they known earlier.
Their counsel, VM Thorat, pointed out that the Central Council had directed the college to restrict their intake capacity after all admissions were complete. Admissions for the post-graduate course were completed on July 22, 2008.
Referring to these facts, advocate Thorat argued that the communication of August 31, 2008 could not be applied for the academic year 2008-09 in which the students were admitted for the post graduate course, but for the subsequent academic year. The lawyer contended that therefore there was no reason to withhold the results of 28 students.
The division bench of chief justice Mohit Shah and justice Girish Godbole directed MUHS to release results of the 28 students.