HC notice to DME over admissions 

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Sep 2018 15:42:41


Legal Correspondent,

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice R S Jha and Justice Sanjay Dwivedi directed the issuance of notice to the Director of Medical Education (DME), Bhopal and other in a writ petition filed by students of MBBS 2nd Prof year and also directed that the admission of the petitioners shall continue till further orders.

The petitioners are 23 students who got admission in Advanced Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, SKS Hospital Kolar Road, Bhopal in the academic year 2016-17 against the unfilled seats of NRI quota. They even passed their First Prof MBBS examination. Thereafter, the essentiality certificates of the college were cancelled and the government (Director of Medical Education Bhopal) allotted various government colleges to the petitioners. But when they went to take admission in those government colleges, they were faced with a demand of enhanced fee, which levied on NRIs as also their certificates of being NRI.

Hence they approached the High Court of MP saying that they were not NRI but were general candidates who were allotted NRI seats as candidates of NRI were not available and those seats were vacant. Hence the petitioners were not liable to pay the enhanced fees, which is levied on NRIs nor can they produce NRI documents as they are not NRIs.

After hearing Advocate Narinderpal Singh Ruprah assisted by his Junior Aviral Vikas Khare, Advocate at length, the Division Bench directed the issuance of notices by hand to all the respondents including Principal Secretary, Medical Education Department. Bhopal, Medical Council of India, Union of India, the Medical University Jabalpur and all the medical colleges in which the various petitioners were allotted seats.

In case all the respondents are served, then the matter will be listed next week. It is worth noting that though the High Court has ordered that the admission process of the petitioners shall continue, no further clarification has been given regarding fees etc. So what exactly will be the implication of the order of High Court will depend the interpretation of the order by the authorities and the subsequent developments in this petition.