As the medical admissions for this academic year were already over under these rules, the HC clarified that its decision will not be effective from this year. However, the administration was directed to admit Mehra against one seat reserved for her.
The candidates eagerly waited for several months for a response from the SSSB. After the Board failed to come up with a valid response, five out of the total of 200 candidates moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court on July 02, 2014.
“It would be imper missible to a candidate who had taken the examination to then challenge the minimum criterion… Challenge to the notification cannot sustain”, remarked the Justice while dictating the judgment in the court.
The rationale that was made by Justice K Kannan was that there could be a possibility that the parent had secured the admission of the child by making some manipulations in the date of birth of the child and now the child might be seeking admission but due to over-age or under-age might not be able to gain that admission.
While dismissing the petition, filed by MBBS aspirant Shamy Jindal, Justice K Kannan excerpted, “The notification prescribing the residential status in Punjab and also requiring 10+2 (Class 12) is founded on a primacy of importance to ‘local candidates’, a practice adopted literally by every state government and what has found judicial approbation in the Supreme Court as well.”
On the flip side, the MCI’s decision has brought some relief to the general category students as approximately 94 vacant seats will be effectively converted to this category. As per the prospectus of the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, only three NRI quota seats have found the requisite takers.
In its recent decision, the JAC refused to have a separate cut off for the sports quota and had decided to keep 62 marks in the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) as the eligibility criteria for both sports and the general quota.
The counseling has been postponed in the state of Uttar Pradesh following the incident of the leak of question papers. Students on the borderline can hope for a new lease of life due to the change in marks.
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.