J. Venkatesan

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave its nod to the Karnataka Government and the private dental colleges in the State to make admissions for 2009-2010 on the basis of a common entrance test in the first instance and on the basis of qualifying marks in the second instance if there are vacant seats after the second round of counselling.

A three-judge Bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, Justice A.K. Ganguly and Justice B.S. Chauhan gave the nod on an application filed by the Karnataka Private Medical Colleges’ Association and others seeking approval for the modification made in the consensual agreement reached on March 4, 2009.

As per the March 4, 2009 agreement, admissions to the dental courses were to be made on the basis of academic merit in the qualifying examination in view of the peculiar situation that more seats were available than the applicants seeking admission to BDS courses. However, in May 2009 the parties decided to revert to the old procedure of admissions on the basis of CET and by centralised counselling. If a large number of seats remain unfilled at the end of second counselling and when seats revert to the institution, these seats shall be filled from amongst applicants based on qualifying marks.