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BDS admn row: students allowed to appear in exams

Punjab and Haryana high court allows over 450 students of 11 private dental colleges in Punjab to appear in the first year BDS exams to be held from July 5 ownwards. The court also directs Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Fardkot to issue roll numbers. These students had either not cleared PMET-2012 exam or were selected on the basis of 10+2 merit.

india Updated: Jul 05, 2013 09:36 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday allowed more than 450 Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) course-2012 students, who were admitted without clearing the Punjab-Medical Entrance Test (PMET) in 11 private dental colleges of Punjab, to appear in the first-year examinations starting on Friday.

The court headed by justice Rakesh Kumar Jain directed Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, to issue roll numbers to all candidates so that they could take the exams.

The directions came on three petitions filed by 387 students of the BDS course-2012, who had approached the court seeking regularisation of their admissions and directions to the university to issue them roll numbers and allow them to appear in the exams.

However, during arguments of the case on Thursday, the state government took the stand that it had declined regularisation of admissions of such candidates, relying on the Supreme Court judgment dated May 8, 2012, in the 'Priya Gupta vs State of Chhattisgarh' case. The judgment provides for a transparent admission process through an entrance test.

But the counsels appearing for the petitioners as well as the private dental colleges informed the court that the admission process was completed before the Supreme Court judgment came and the admissions were done strictly as per the guidelines in the prospectus.

The court also observed that Adesh Dental Institute/Adesh University, Bathinda, had also followed the same criteria, where admissions had been regularised and students permitted to sit in the BDS first-year exams, without any objection by the state government.

The case has been posted to August 21 for the next hearing.

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