The state government has one month to plug the loopholes in the admission procedure of private medical colleges, which are transferring several seats meant for meritorious students to their management quota.
The Bombay High Court on Monday directed the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) to coordinate with the officials concerned, and get the admission scheme of private medical and dental colleges suitably amended.
A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and justice DY Chandrachud has asked the government to get the amendment ratified by Pravesh Niyantran Samiti, which controls admission to professional colleges.
The bench has given DMER time till November 26.
The court was hearing a petition filed by Satara resident Priyanka Bamane, a candidate belonging to Nomadic Tribes-1 category.
Bamane could not get admission for the MBBS course because of alleged irregularities in the admission process.
Ulhas Kerkar, counsel for the petitioner, said his client did not get admission as there was lack of coordination between the Association of Private Unaided Medical Colleges and the government authorities.
Kerkar pointed out to five names of students from the Nomadic Tribes-1 category that continued to reflect in merit lists of private medical colleges even after they had secured admissions in various government colleges.
The judges were irked to find that three of them got admission in the first round of the common admission process undertaken by the DMER, and the remaining two in the subsequent rounds.
Chanda Salgaonkar, counsel for the association, contended that DMER should either provide the names of students admitted to their colleges or provide the list on their website.
Kerkar also claimed there was no transparency in the admission process for professional courses. He alleged that everything was being overlooked despite having a full-fledged Pravesh Niyantran Samiti, and DMER being part of the admission process.