The Admission Supervisory Committee for Professional Colleges on Monday justified its decision to cancel the entrance test conducted by the Kerala Private Medical College Management Association for admission to management seats .

It submitted before the High Court that the cancellation order was perfectly in order as it had been issued using the power vested with it. The committee added that having been brought to the notice of the committee the irregularities and illegalities in the conduct of the test held on May 31, the best option was to cancel the examination to ensure that the admission process was fair.

In a statement, the committee said from the beginning of the admission process, the petitioner should have obtained approval of the committee at every stage, i.e. before publication of the prospectus and publication of the notice etc. However, the petitioner had failed to get the approval of the committee. It was even without entering into an agreement with the government that it had fixed the date for examination on May 26, 2013. The petitioner purposefully conducted the entrance test in May whereas the State initiated the entrance test process by December every year.

Taking a very lenient attitude, the petitioner was granted permission to conduct the entrance test on May 31.That did not mean that the committee should accept any illegality committed by the petitioner.

The statement further said it was the duty of the committee to ensure that the process was fair, transparent, merit-based and non-exploitative. It was in the best interest of a large number of eligible and deserving students that the entrance test was cancelled.

The order had been issued satisfying itself through an inquiry that the complaints were genuine.

Meanwhile, Jamna Shiha, one of the complainants, impleaded herself in the case and contended that some students who wrote the entrance test said the examination was very easy since they had received questions well in advance.

Entrance test conducted by private medical colleges’ association was cancelled.