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Gujarat: HC questions last minute change in medical management quota seats

Ahmedabad : The last minute changes of the state government to convert the self financed college management quota seats into government quota and changing the criterion for eligibility on the basis GUJCET results  in the middle of the admission process  has had the high court reprimand the state government.

A bench of Chief Justice R S Reddy and Justice V M Pancholi has pulled up the state authorities  for inconveniencing parents and students and playing with the future of students, by making decisions overnight especially in the face of already existing delays and uncertainty.

The High Court has sought a reply from all seven colleges and their managements as well as to the Admission Committee for Professional and Medical Courses and the state government for changing the scheme of admission, in 7 Gujarat Medical to the released management quota colleges and their managements as well as to the Admission Committee for Professional and Medical Courses. The reply is to be submitted by September 6.

The ACPC has been allowed to go ahead with its mock round by the high court asking them to exercise refrain in finalizing their results. For the entire process will be dependent on the outcome of the result said Vikas Nair the petitioner’s advocate

Three students moved the high court against the decision of the state government to surrender 105 management quota seats in GMERS colleges and insisting on filling them through Guj CET. The petitioners are insisting that the seats be filled through NEET, describing this last minute change as a tactic to accommodate certain students.

The petitioners demanded that three students moved the HC against the decision of the state government to surrender 105 management quota seats in GMERS colleges and insisting on filling them through GUJCET. The petitioners demanded that these seats be filled through NEET (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test). They have accused the government of resorting to this tactic to accommodate certain students in medical courses.

The petitioners objected further stating no changes could be done once a admission practice was underway; calling it a direct breach of principles of natural justice and an attack on the doctrine of legitimate expectations of students who fared well in the NEET exam report TOI.

The petitioners questioned the provisions of rule 3B (3) of the Gujarat Professional Medical Educational Courses (Regulation of Admission and Fixation of Fees) Rules stating that it is against the provisions of the Indian Medical Council Act, which governs admissions to management quota seats by the NEET exam only. Therefore, such transformation of seats is in violation of law, the petition contends.

The CBSE students have also raised objections after the details of the seats were declared claiming that they have been given very few seats.

Parents of these students said in 2015 there were 102 seats reserved for the students of CBSE, but this year ACPMEC has allocated just 54, which is 48 less than last year.

Source: With Inputs from TOI
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