MCI rules Violation for MBBS admissions: Varsity slapped with Rs 2.5 crore fine by Gujarat High Court
The decision comes in the case of Parul University, whereby the varsity had had sought regularization of admissions of 15 students to whom the MBBS seats were given on its own accord after the same had become vacant from the Centralized Process of Admission. The varsity had earlier applied to the single bench which had denied any relief to it, pursuant to this, it moved the higher bench of the HC.
Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that the MCI had called for discharging of these 15 students from MBBS courses and the single bench had held the MCI decision
At that hearing, the bench had expressed its anguish over the fact that every year when the admissions for the medical courses commence, it has had the occasion to witness chaos. The bench disappointedly stated, "This is yet another example where the Court needs to express its anguish over the insensitivity of the college in admitting students flouting the set rules and regulations of the centralized process of admission. The issue that arises for consideration before this court is whether the petitioners could have on their own granted admission to 15 students on the seats which became vacant on withdrawal of admissions by the students who were initially allotted admission in the Centralized Process of Admission."
Before admitting the students on its own, the varsity had said that it had in fact informed Admission Committee for Professional Undergraduate Medical Educational Courses (ACPUGMEC) to furnish a merit list so that in the eventuality of the seat falling vacant, the University can fill the same by offering the same to the next meritorious candidate.
Despite such request and in absence of any active response from the ACPUGMEC and since the time frame of 31.08.2017 was fast approaching, it had no alternative but issue an advertisement in two newspapers inviting applications from meritorious students, the university had submitted
After going through all the submissions, the bench observed that as per the MCI regulations on MBBS admission process, the varsity could not have carried out the process of admission on their own. Even merit has been compromised in the admission process conducted by the university further implying that the MCI's decision and the ACPUGMEC stance are not at fault, the bench had added.
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Aggrieved with the single bench's decision, the university approached the higher bench of honourable Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice A J Shashtri who has now imposed a fine of Rs 2.50 crore on the Parul University for admitting 15 students to its medical course without the consent of the centralised admission committee, reports Mirror
However, the court asked the students to make a representation before the state government to regularise their admission.
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