KARNATAKA

Supreme Court notice to State on PG admission



J. Venkatesan

Private colleges to go ahead with entrance exam



New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Karnataka Government on a petition challenging a notification seeking to take over the entire process of admissions to postgraduate medical, dental and diploma courses in unaided self-financing colleges in the State.

A Bench of Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justice P.P. Naolekar issued notice after hearing senior counsel K.K. Venugopal, appearing for the Karnataka Private Medical Colleges' Association and five others, and Sanjay Hegde for the State. Mr. Venugopal submitted that by the notification, the Government had virtually taken over the entire admission process. He said the petitioners should be allowed to proceed with the process for holding the CET as scheduled on January 29, for which all arrangements had been made. The court told the counsel: "We are not staying your exam. You can do whatever you want to do."

Assailing the December 21, 2005 notification, the petitioners submitted that the apex court, in its August 12 judgment in the Inamdar case, had held that unaided institutions could claim an unfettered right to choose the admission procedure subject to its being fair, transparent and non-exploitative. In the past, the association had been conducting a common entrance test for admission to postgraduate courses under the management quota. This year, despite the August 12 judgment, the committee overseeing the conduct of the CET refused permission to the association to conduct the CET.

The Government issued the notification stating that for admission to postgraduate medical and dental degree and diploma courses in private medical, dental colleges and deemed universities, it will hold a CET, and admissions will be done through centralised counselling.

The petitioners contended that the Government had no power to interfere with the admission process adopted by unaided colleges and act contrary to the ruling given by the apex court in the Inamdar case. The association pointed out that it had announced that it would hold an admission test on January 29, and over 4,000 applications had been received. The notification issued by the State on the basis of the committee's recommendation was illegal, the petitioners said and sought a direction to permit them to hold the test as scheduled.



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