Kalaburagi: Thirteen commendable students whose admissions were stuck in the mid of a legal battle between the Medical Council of India (MCI) and Father Muller Medical College, Mangaluru, have now got justice, as the supreme court in its latest judgment upheld a special leave petition filed by one of the students and granted them permission to get admissions in the college in the current year of MBBS.
With a jolt, their dream to join medical course in 2015-2016 MBBS batch got dismantled when the Medical Council of India suddenly decided to reduce the intake of students within the medical colleges from 150 to 100.
The meritorious students had already taken admission in different medical colleges. But later on as Father Muller Medical College had 13 additional seats in the fourth round of counseling in 2015-2016 session, they enrolled themselves to the college.
While the admission came about with lurch for these students as the series of events involving the college and Medical Council of India in the case being dragged from Delhi High court, Supreme Court and then to the High Court of Karnataka left them loose their precious one year even after being capable of getting admissions in any of the medical colleges.
The students later on decided to appear for CET again this year to get admissions in the 2016-2017 batch of MBBS first year, they were denied permission by the Karnataka Examinations Authority defending that they were already admitted to a college last year and thus they cannot appear afresh for the examination for admissions.
According to a report by The Hindu, the students thus approached the High Court of Karnataka to challenge the denial. In their plea, it was stated that the students deserved to be admitted to the medical course 2016-2017 as under the COMED-K quota. However, high structure of fee of COMED-K seats did not allow many of them to join the courses. The court thus partially upheld the plea.
The students in their plea demanded the government to mediate and grant them admission under government quota in Father Muller Medical College along with a special leave petition before the Supreme Court.
The government thus kept aside thirteen vacant government quota seats for these students to admit them. The bench of Supreme Court consisted of Justice Anil Dave and Justice L. Nageshwar Rao and upheld the petition, which was filed by Gaurang Kamlapurkar.