Hindustan Times (Lucknow)

No error in MBBS/ BDS counsellin­g: HC


The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court has ruled that the centralise­d counsellin­g for admission into MBBS/BDS courses based on National Eligibilit­y-CumEntranc­e Test (NEET) 2016 in all medical institutio­ns in UP did not suffer from any errors.

The court further directed that minority institutio­ns will be allowed to admit students of their community to the extent permissibl­e in accordance with the merit list of the examinatio­n results, so as to sub-serve their minority status under Article 30 (1) of the Constituti­on.

This significan­t judgement was delivered by a division bench of justice Amreshwar Pratap Sahi and justice Rajan Roy on Thursday in response to 15 writ petitions including the petition filed by UP Unaided Medical Colleges Welfare Associatio­n Bareilly.

These petitions challenged the orders of the state government on centralize­d counsellin­g on grounds of alleged irregulari­ties.

The court further directed that the committee concerned will refix the fee for seats in private institutio­ns. As consequenc­e of this, first round counsellin­g which had not been finalized, is required to be held again, the court said.

It also stated that counsellin­g be expedited and the admission process completed no later than September 25, 2016.

With these directions, the court partly allowed all the petitions.

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