The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here to cancel admissions of post-graduate candidates who had submitted false undertakings stating that they had not taken admission to any other medical institute at the time of their counselling for admission for the current session.
Justice M. C. Garg directed the Director-General of Medical Education of the Union Government to provide to AIIMS by tomorrow the names of the candidates who had appeared for counselling for the post-graduate courses on June 18 and 19 for verification of their undertakings.
The order came on a petition by Varun Aggarwal of Himachal Pradesh who had appeared in the entrance test conducted by AIIMS for admission to post-graduate course and opted for the surgery course but was denied admission.
He further alleged that four candidates who were lower than him in the merit list were given admission because they had hidden facts about their admission to other institutes during counselling.
At the time of counselling for admission to post-graduate courses, the AIIMS authorities take undertaking from the appearing candidates to the effect that they have not taken admission in any other institute to avoid wastage of seats.
For admission to medical institutes other than AIIMS, candidates have to clear the All-India Post-Graduate Entrance Test.
Counsel for the Union Government submitted that the Government had objected to the admission procedures adopted by AIIMS for admissions to the post-graduate courses in the past as several seats went waste every year when students selected by it surrendered their seats to the institutes where they took admissions.
However, counsel for AIIMS submitted that it had been following the Supreme Court's guidelines for admissions to the post-graduate courses and the selection for the current batch had been done on the basis of merit.
Referring to the grievances of the petitioner, the AIIMS counsel submitted that he had not qualified for the course preferred, so he was not given admission to that particular course but was offered admission to the bio-chemistry or anatomy course which he refused.