An earlier order on cancellation of MDS admissions without CET made in Punjab dental colleges has been stayed by High Court. The Punjab and Haryana High Court stayed a single judge order of October 14, in which the admissions made by private dental colleges to MDS course without CET were cancelled. In July, these private colleges had on their own admitted students who had not appeared in the CET (common entrance test).
The HC bench comprising of Justice SS Saron and Justice Amol Rattan Singh stayed the order on the petition filed by Punjab Private Self-Financed Dental and Medical College Association, in which they have challenged the said order. The next date of hearing has been fixed for December 17 for seeking the State’s reply.
The single judge order had come on a petition filed by private dental colleges, in which they had challenged the July communication of the DRME(Director, Research and Medical Education, Punjab), directing them not to admit students who had not appeared in the AIPGDEE 2015(All India Post Graduate Dental Entrance Examination). They were also told not to make admissions at their own level.
In the October 14 order, the High Court recorded that the Dental Council of India (DCI) had inherent powers to control eligibility standards for admission into dental institutions and the court could not go beyond the legislative competence. The admissions of all the students who had not appeared in the common entrance test stand cancelled; the court stated in its order.