While giving its verdict on a case of contradictory eligibility criteria for NRI seats in two medical colleges of Panjab University, the Punjab and Haryana High court dismissed a plea which sought a change in the admission criteria under the NRI category at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.
In doing so, the Court has denied the petitioner permission to be included in the admission process under the NRI criteria for MBBS admission GMCH-32. The detailed order is awaited and the Court’s comments on the matter have not been disclosed so far.
The petitioner had brought before the Court the contradiction in the eligibility criteria laid down in the prospectus for admission to MBBS/BDS courses for students under the NRI category in two colleges. Harvansh Singh Judge Dental College, Panjab University, expanding the scope of NRI candidate’s definition, also availed seats under NRI quota for those candidates who have first-degree NRI blood relatives uncles and aunts. At the same time, GMCH, on the other hand, excluded the first-degree blood relatives and limited the criterion for candidates who have themselves stayed in a foreign country for a certain period or have their parents or grandparents currently residing in other Nations. As both the institutes are affiliated to Panjab University, there can’t be two different sets of rules for admissions to the same course, the petitioner had argued. The plea was filed last week demanding that GMCH 32 should also initiate necessary changes in the criteria for NRI quota and keep the criteria at par with those mentioned in Harvansh Singh Judge Dental College’s prospectus. After considering the submission, the Bench of Justice Rajan Gupta and Justice Karamjit Singh had instructed GMCH-32 to keep the counseling proceedings in a sealed cover and reserved its verdict. Now the High Court has dismissed the plea, reported Hindustan Times .