Varsity counselling sessions vs NEET merit list: Bombay HC reserves order

Once students write the common entrance test, a merit list is announced and those who make it to the list are required to attend a common counselling session under which college seats are allotted to them.

By: Express News Service | Updated: August 30, 2016 8:19:10 pm

The Bombay High Court Monday reserved its order in a matter where universities in the state are seeking permission to carry out their own counselling sessions before admissions — instead of under the government-mandated National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) — to MBBS and BDS courses.

Three of the eight deemed universities in the state that offer MBBS and BDS courses — DY Patil College, Kolhapur and Pune, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences and Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences — have approached the HC, challenging a state government resolution (GR) that makes it mandatory for them to admit students to the above courses only on the basis of the NEET merit list.

Once students write the common entrance test, a merit list is announced and those who make it to the list are required to attend a common counselling session under which college seats are allotted to them.

While the universities have accepted NEET, they have approached the HC, claiming a right to conduct their own counselling sessions. The merit list is expected to be put up right after the court orders, which is likely on Tuesday.

Over 20,000 students have registered for the centralised admission process of NEET for admissions to 1,675 seats in deemed institutes in Maharashtra.

The rules of the deemed universities require the students who make it to the NEET entrance test merit list to apply individually to each university following which they might or might not be allotted a seat.

The universities Monday claimed they are governed by the statutory powers of the University Grants Commission and the Medical Council of India and the state does not have overriding jurisdiction over them. The state has argued that its GR does not infringe upon the rights of the deemed universities and is instead aimed at the welfare of students.

Acting advocate general Rohit Deo argued the state had enough legislative powers to pass such a resolution.

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