The Indian Dental Association has moved the Madras High Court for a direction to the authorities to admit students to post-graduate dental courses strictly as per laws and regulations based on the merit list published by the Directorate of Medical Education (DME.) It also sought a direction to the government to monitor admissions to the courses.

A Vacation Bench comprising Justices K.K.Sasidharan and R.Karuppiah ordered notice on the public interest litigation petition. It posted the matter for further hearing on June 3.

The association, represented by its State Legal Cell Co-Convener, V.Murali, said postgraduate courses in respect of dental surgery were governed by the UGC Act, rules and regulations, notifications of the Union Human Resource Development Ministry, Dentists Act and the Dental Council of India.

Admission should be done as per norms of the Central government or State government and those of the Dental Council. Admission to all postgraduate programmes in private institutions should be solely based on merit, which should be determined through a competitive test or a common admission test.

For the present year, a common entrance test was conducted by the DME and a merit-based rank list released.

Despite the publication, several colleges were not following the transparent process to admit students based on the published merit-based rank list.

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