The SGPC-run Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Dental Surgery and Research believes that it has done no wrong by giving admission in the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) course (first-year) to students, who did not take the Pre-Medical Entrance Test (PMET) last year.
"We have done no wrong and followed rules that govern admissions to medical colleges," claimed principal CS Bal.
Talking to HT here on Friday, Bal said: "You have wasted space in your newspaper by printing the news," he said. Bal claimed that first preference in admissions is given to candidates who have cleared the eligibility test that is the PMET. Thereafter, if seats remain vacant, those candidates who have appeared in the PMET, but have not qualified are considered for admission. However, 50% marks in Class 12 are mandatory.
"If seats still remain, then candidates who have not appeared for PMET, but have secured 50% marks in class-12 can be considered for admission," he added.
However, he did not specify the number of students given admission in this manner, claiming that a state government notification of 2006 allowed such admissions.
He pointed out that the PMET merit list was normally overlooked by dental colleges as every year seats remained vacant in the BDS first year course.
When pointed out to the Dental Council of India (DCI) rules on 'dubious' admissions, Bal replied, "Education is a state subject. Moreover, we are a minority institute and the Constitution allows us to admit students on our own."
He added that the institute filled 50% of its seats through PMET and the remaining were filled by the college on the basis of its own test.
When told that acting on the DCI instructions, the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) had refused to regularise the admission of the 'backdoor' entry students and was not issuing roll numbers for the first year examinations on June 26, Bal said, "I cannot answer this question. You talk to the DCI or BFUHS authorities. We have sent the documents for the registration of these students and have also sent the examination forms with the fee."