A Punjab and Haryana high court division bench on Saturday stayed a single judge order of October 14, whereby admissions made in July by private dental colleges to the Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) course were cancelled. These colleges had on their own admitted students who had not appeared in the common entrance test.
The bench of justice SS Saron and justice Amol Rattan Singh stayed the order on the petition of Punjab Private Self-Financed Dental and Medical College Association, in which the order was challenged. The state’s response has been sought by December 17.
The single judge order had come on a petition filed by dental colleges, in which they had challenged the July communication of the director, research and medical education, Punjab, telling them not to admit students who had not appeared in the All India Post Graduate Dental Entrance Examination (AIPGDEE-2015). They were also directed not to make admissions at their own level.
The single judge bench had held that conducting the common entrance test was a mandatory provision, which was not followed in these admissions.