The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, to make admissions in postgraduate medical courses as per institutional preference and not on the basis of domicile of candidates under the state quota.
The high court bench of justice RK Jain quashed the clause incorporated by the state government in a December 2015 notification which allowed for admission to postgraduate medical colleges on the basis of domicile of students.
Around 40% seats of postgraduate courses of Punjab’s government and private colleges are filled by the state. The notification was carried out for the admissions on these seats.
The court allowed a petition by students who challenged the clause saying reservation on the basis of domicile was not permissible as per law.
The petitioners, who had passed their MBBS course from institutions situated in the Punjab, were represented by their counsels, senior advocate Gurminder Singh and RPS Bara.
The counsels for the students argued before the court that the government was adopting different yardsticks, saying for admission to MBBS courses it had made pass Class 10 +2 exam from Punjab compulsory and for postgraduate courses the condition was changed by making being a resident of Punjab mandatory.