Admission to PG Medical Courses only through NEET PG Merit List – The Punjab and Haryana Court took an important decision regarding the admission of candidates in MD/ MS courses. They said that the merit in NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) would be the sole criterion for granting the admission in postgraduate medical courses and the reservation based on the domicile would be unsustainable.
The Bench of Justice Lalit Batra and Justice Mahesh Grover ruled: “In the matter of admission regarding postgraduate courses such a reservation which has its foundation in a long-discarded principle, that is domicile, would be unsustainable.
Moreover, the bench added that all the clauses introduced in the brochure to describe a candidate with a background of Chandigarh would be unsustainable in law, as they have no rationale to the objects sought to be achieved even if we assume that such preference is allowable/permissible in law.”
The clause further said that UT pool category will would include the candidates with a background in Chandigarh. The candidates should have studied for 5 years in the Chandigarh, candidates whose parents had resided in the Chandigarh for at least 5 years either in the pursuit of a job or profession and those who have held/ hold immovable property in the Chandigarh for a period of 5 years.
The division bench said that, “None of these contingencies to our minds have any sustainable rationale as they have taken into fold those person who have had a brief flirtation with the Chandigarh city either in the education of their ward, in residence or through property which at best be termed to be romantic liaison with the city but cannot form a reasonable consideration for a preference while evaluating the postgraduate course.”