ANDHRA PRADESH

Govt. seeks Law Dept. view

HYDERABAD Oct. 28. The Law Department has been asked to give its opinion for resolving the imbroglio over filling vacant MBBS and BDS seats after the Government drew a blank in the Supreme Court yesterday to its plea for extending the September 30 deadline for completing the admission process in all medical and dental colleges.

The State Government had been anxiously looking forward to a favourable verdict from the Apex Court on its request in order to fill the 178 medical and dental seats that have fallen vacant consequent to its decision to cancel admission made by managements of private colleges to these seats. But, a Division Bench declined to oblige the Government stating that any change would amount to deviation of its own orders and upset the admission schedule in the rest of the country.

There are now two options before the Government - taking its case to a full bench of the Supreme Court or approach the A. P. High Court for punishing erring private colleges. But, the latter option would not serve the primary purpose of rendering justice to students eligible for admission to the `B' category seats on the basis of EAMCET marks. The Law Secretary is expected to express his opinion after going through the Supreme Court's order.

Private college managements had earlier approached the A. P. High Court seeking a stay on the alleged harassment by the NTR University of Health Sciences (NTRUHS) by carrying out surprise raids on several colleges `in the name of inspecting their records'. In some colleges, they segregated students admitted under the A, B and C category and read out their names, an action that attracted widespread criticism. The court had stayed the university's action.

Meanwhile, the Registrar of the NTRUHS, S. Narasimha Reddy, was reported to have made a written request to the Principal Secretary, S. Bhale Rao, who is acting Vice-Chancellor, for repatriation to the academic side. It may be recalled that the Executive Council of the NTRUHS had recommended stringent action against higher-ups in the university found responsible for irregularities in the counselling.

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