The Supreme Court has issued notice to the Andhra Pradesh government and the NTR University of Health Sciences to respond to a petition alleging that several meritorious candidates were denied admissions in the management quota seats in various private medical colleges.
A Bench of Justices H.L. Dattu and C.K. Prasad also issued notice to the private colleges concerned on petitions filed by a group of students.
The Bench made it clear that admissions made till date for the academic year 2012-13 would be subject to the final outcome of the special leave petitions.
The Bench said, “Any admission made by the respondent institutions in MBBS/BDS or any other course is subject to the result of the present special leave petitions.”
The Bench wanted the colleges to intimate to the students who had taken admission in the ‘C’ category (management quota) the pendency of the present Special Leave Petitions as well as the interim orders passed by the court.
It said, “We also make it clear that pendency of the special leave petitions here will not come in the way of the High Court taking a decision on the merits of the writ petition.”
Seats in private medical colleges in the State are filled under three categories: ‘A’, ‘B’ and, ‘C.
While ‘A’ and ‘B’ category seats are filled by the colleges on the basis of a common entrance test conducted by the NTR University of Health Sciences, for which low fee is charged.
Category ‘C’ seats are management seats filled by the management by way of newspaper notifications inviting students who have secured a minimum of 60 per cent marks in the qualifying plus 2 examination, but with a higher fee structure of approximately around Rs. 5.5 lakh per annum.
The grievance of students was that most of the private college managements had not followed the norms prescribed by the Supreme Court in the P.A. Inamdar case and were offering seats to the students on an arbitrary basis, thus depriving meritorious ones of their share.
They said private colleges were not following the orders passed by the State government on April 30, 2007 to give effect to the Supreme Court judgment in the Inamdar case.
After the High Court refused to stay the admission process, they filed the present special leave petitions in the Supreme Court challenging the High Court order.
‘Management quota admissions will be subject to final outcome of the special leave petitions’