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Supreme Court says results should not be published for now

Private colleges make arrangements for CET on Sunday 14,000 applications received for the February 12 CET

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday permitted the Karnataka Private Medical Colleges Association to hold its Common Entrance Test on January 29 for admission to postgraduate medical, dental and diploma courses in unaided self-financing colleges. But the court made it clear that the results should not be published for the time being.

Permission

A Bench of Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justice P.P. Naolekar granted the permission without staying the operation of an Ordinance issued by the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka, seeking to regulate the postgraduate admissions in the State by holding a single CET on February 12.

Senior counsel K.K. Venugopal, appearing for the petitioner, told the court that the Ordinance violated the ruling in the Inamdar judgment by taking away the right of admission of the unaided colleges.

Arrangements

He said that the association had made all arrangements for holding the CET on January 29.

He said that over 7,400 students had applied for the CET and of them over 3,500 candidates were from various States and most of them would have reached Bangalore by now or would be reaching by Saturday.

Valid

Senior counsel P.P. Rao, appearing for the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, submitted that the Ordinance was legally valid as the Inamdar judgment had stated that the State could step in to conduct a CET to ensure transparency and to prevent malpractice.

He said that over 14,000 applications had been received for the February 12 CET, and students would welcome if only one CET was held.

The Bench in its order said that having regard to the fact that the students had already submitted applications and arrangements had been made by the private colleges for conducting the CET on January 29, "we do not want to prevent these students from taking that entrance examinations on January 29, however, subject to certain restrictions to make the entrance examination more transparent and honest."

The Bench said: "The counsel for the petitioner submits that they will hand over three sets of question papers to the committee constituted under Section 5 of the Ordinance.

"The Vice-Chancellor of the Committee shall accept the question papers by 6 p.m. today (Friday) and finalise the question papers and hand over to the petitioners.

"He will see that the question papers are ready for examination on January 29 and take all possible steps to maintain secrecy. The printed question papers will be delivered to the petitioner at the examination centres by 9 am on January 29."

Modalities

The Bench further said: "Further modalities can be discussed by interaction between the Vice-Chancellor and the petitioners. Result may be kept confidential by the petitioner and shall not be published for the time-being."

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