The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday issued an interim order to put stay on the controversial Class-10 Clause in Punjab government’s new set of eligibility criteria for admission into medical colleges. The medical admissions in Punjab have been causing quite an uproar amongst students and parents.
All hell broke loose amongst medical aspirants from the rest of the country – especially those from the neighboring Chandigarh- when Punjab government announced that only those who completed their Class-10 from Punjab schools, will be eligible for the 85 per cent state quota states in the BDS/ MBBS programs for 2014-15 session.
A March 7 notification issued by the government stated that only those who passed Class 10, 11 and 12 exams from a school/college in Punjab can be deemed eligible for admission under the state quota. Previously, the students passing their Class 11 and 12 exams from schools in Punjab were eligible for the state quota.
The decision by the government naturally drew sharp criticism from various corners as it eventually rendered thousands of medical aspirants ineligible to sit in the exam. Parents of the affected students lodged strong protest with the government and demanded judiciary’s intervention on the matter.
“I ask the state government as to where my daughter, who is now ineligible for both Punjab and Chandigarh medical colleges, should go? This is the height of injustice,” said Dr UP Singh, father of an affected student, Hindustan Times reports.
Subsequently, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had to step in and as per the interim order issued by the bench hearing the issue, the government has been asked to put the proposed move on hold. Explaining its stand on the issue, the bench stated that it was unfair on the part of the government to change the rules three months after the candidates had applied for the exam.
“Rules of the game can’t be changed once the game has begun,” the HC said while asking the government to clarify its stand on the issue on the next date of hearing scheduled on May 27.
Change in eligibility by Punjab Government surprises candidates