Staff Reporter

The selection to begin on Monday and to be completed by June 30 Selection in three colleges to be completed by June 30

The petitioners were given evasive answers by colleges when they went for admissions The petitioners had complained to the S. Venkatakaraman Committee The panel found the counselling and admission process to be defective

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Friday quashed the counselling and selection of candidates for postgraduate (PG) dental courses by the Karnataka Religious and Linguistic Minority Professional Colleges' Association. It directed the association to conduct the counselling and selection process afresh by June 30.

The court allowed a petition by Jyoti Bala and two other Bachelor of Dental Sciences (BDS) students, Imran Khan and Vinodan, and directed the association to conduct afresh counselling and selection for PG dental seats in three colleges coming under its umbrella.

The colleges that come under the association are: Al Ameen Dental College, Bijapur; Coorg Institute of Dental Sciences, Virajpet, Kodagu district; and Oxford Dental College, Bangalore.

The association had conducted a common entrance test (CET) for students seeking admission to postgraduate course in dentistry. While Dr. Jyothi obtained the fifth rank, Dr. Imran got the 10th rank and Dr. Vinodan 53rd rank. However, all the three received evasive answers when they went to the colleges to get themselves admitted. One of the students then complained to the S. Venkataraman Committee for Overseeing Admission of Candidates to Professional Colleges.

The committee had found that the counselling was unfair and that adequate notice had not been given to students on the process of counselling. It had directed the association to hold re-counselling.

Meanwhile, the three students moved the High Court. They apprehended that they would not get admission to PG dental courses this year. The counsel for students argued in favour of re-counselling and re-selection as the earlier process was defective and that students with merit had not obtained seats in Oxford Dental College where they had applied. He urged the court to come to the aid of the students and direct the college to admit them.

Allowing the petition, Justice D.V. Shylendra Kumar said the earlier process was unfair and directed the association to conduct counselling and selection of candidates for PG dental courses at a common place.

He said the counselling and selection of candidates should not be done individually but under a common umbrella. He ordered that the process should begin from Monday and be completed by June 30.