COMED-K colleges close the door on varsity students

B.S. Ramesh

Setback for those who have applied for postgraduate courses through RGUHS

The GO entrusted the RGUHS with the task of conducting entrance examination for PG courses Manipal Academy of Higher Education and private professional colleges have challenged the Government and RGUHS notifications

BANGALORE: Private professional colleges coming under the umbrella of the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges in Karnataka (COMED-K) have resolved not to accommodate postgraduate students in medicine and dentistry in their colleges if the students had applied for the courses through the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS).

On December 21, 2005 the State Government issued an order regulating admission to postgraduate medical and dental courses in private professional colleges.

The GO entrusted the RGUHS with the job of conducting the entrance examination for postgraduate courses.

On December 22, the RGUHS passed an order on the conduct of the postgraduate tests and on December 25, it invited applications from candidates for the test.

While the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, a deemed university, challenged both the Government and the RGUHS notifications in the High Court, other private professional colleges moved the Supreme Court.

Sources in COMED-K said the Government move had caused confusion among the students and their parents and had led to scores of MBBS and BDS students refraining from applying this year for postgraduate courses.

The standoff between the two had also led to a decline in the number of postgraduate applications received.

They said COMED-K had decided to go ahead with its entrance examination for courses. The examination schedule will commence with the issue of hall tickets to the students and the last date for issue of hall tickets had been fixed at January 14.

The sources said the examination would have to be completed on or before January 29 and those who had applied for the postgraduate courses through the RGUHS would not be accommodated.

The colleges have decided to give first preference to COMED-K students.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Friday sought the response of the State Government on a petition challenging a notification which proposed to conduct the entrance examination for the postgraduate medical and dental courses in the State.

A Division Bench comprising Justice K.G. Balakrishna and Justice P.P. Naolekar issued notice to the State Government returnable by January 20.

Karnataka Private Medical Colleges' Association and others had alleged that the Government was attempting to take over the process of admission to postgraduate medical, dental and diploma courses in unaided professional institutions. They contended that the Government was acting contrary to the directions of the apex court in the P.A. Inamdar case.

They sought a stay of the notification stating that if the same was not stayed, they would not be able to go ahead with the admission procedure. Sanjay Hegde, standing counsel for the State, told the court that nobody was stopping them from going ahead with the test. The Bench too observed that there was no bar in them going ahead with the admission procedure at the moment.

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