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High court quashes institutional quota of GMCH-32

Future of 48 admitted students in quandary, UT to approach apex court

punjab Updated: May 16, 2018 13:35 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindutsan Times, Chandigarh
The UT health officials said the counselling has been put on hold and they have decided to approach the Supreme Court.
The UT health officials said the counselling has been put on hold and they have decided to approach the Supreme Court.(HT File)

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday struck down the institutional quota of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, for postgraduate courses in medicine and science (MD/MS).

The college has already admitted 48 students against 62 seats in contention. The remaining 63 seats out of total 125 at the institute are filled from central quota.

The UT health officials said the counselling has been put on hold and they have decided to approach the Supreme Court. Detailed judgment is awaited.

GMCH director-principal BS Chavan said the UT has decided to approach the apex court.

“The date of counselling depends on by when we get some order from apex court,” he said.

The institutional quota was challenged by Dr Chahat Bhatia on April 16. She had done her MBBS from Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, Banur, and applied for the MD/MS course under state quota at GMCH for the academic session 2018-19. However, her application was rejected, stating she was not a student of GMCH-32.

Legal standpoint

According to lawyers, the HC has held that the UT can’t admit MBBS students who graduate from GMCH-32 on all 62 seats under the state quota. Half the seats (31) are to go to students from other medical colleges, but with a domicile of Chandigarh.

This effectively means that those who have studied in UT schools, whose parents resided here and those students whose parents had immovable property in the city are also eligible to participate in the examination.

The admissions to the MD/MS courses are conducted on the basis of the merit in National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). The NEET exam was conducted on January 7, 2018, and result was declared on January 23. In March, GMCH-32 had invited applications.

Chahat’s counsel, senior advocate Girish Agnihotri, said she was termed ineligible on the ground that she did not graduate from the college, which amounted to 100% reservation to students from the college. She has a domicile of Chandigarh and could not have been denied admission on this ground, it was argued before court.

The UT’s argument was that 50% seats are reserved under state quota, which means these are for students who pass out of any medical college in that state. As Chandigarh has only one medical college, these seats were being filled from its graduates.