Akshat, a medical aspirant, has challenged the counseling by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot and Adesh University, Bhatinda in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The medical aspirant, who got admission in an MBBS seat of Adesh University through the process of counselling conducted by BFUHS, has moved the court for the 250 MBBS seats and BDS seats of Adesh University.
According to the government’s directions issued on March 07, BFUHS conducted counselling for the medical slots in Adesh University on June 22. But, after the High Court issued its directions on June 25, Adesh University again conducted provisional admissions for its MBBS and BDS seats on the same date. BFUHS has to conduct its second round of counselling by June 27, but the schedule is yet to be finalized.
The petitioner moved the court on the ground that there was no such necessity for Adesh to conduct the provisional counselling, when the process has already been completed by BFUHS.
The petitioner also submitted that as the Adesh University is governed by the Punjab Private Health Sciences Educational Institutes (Regulation of admission, fixation of fee and making of reservation), Act 2006, it is not authorized to hold separate counselling. It was also added that the 2006 Act was well in force before the Adesh University Act 2012 and Punjab Private University Policy 2010 was passed.
The 2006 Act clearly specifies that the state government has the power to regulate admission, fix fee as well as make reservations for different categories concerning admission to private health sciences educational institutes. The petitioner informed that Adesh University, in a submission to the University Grants Commission (UGC) has said “At present, the fees are as per Punjab Government guidelines for all courses except the Para medical courses”.
Taking up the petition, the court headed by Jutsice GS Sandhawala has ordered the Adesh University to verify its stand before July 17.