In a big relief for deemed universities in Maharashtra and Kerala, the Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to quash the admissions done by them for MBBSBDS courses on the basis of their own counselling by defying the government’s decision on centralised counselling.
Taking into account the fact that admissions to more than 80% of the seats are over and classes have started in some of the deemed universities in Maharashtra, a bench of Justices A K Sikri and L Nageswara Rao upheld the admissions. However, it restrained the colleges from holding further counselling to admit students for the remaining seats.
“This, however, will not disturb the admissions already made by the respondent universities. This direction is given keeping in view that the respondents are deemed universiti es,“ the bench said. “Insofar as second or third counselling is concerned, that shall be a joint exercise, which means it shall be done by the committee of the state government which shall include a representative each from these universities…It will be centralised counselling for all the deemed universities, not university-wise counselling,“ it added.
The SC said its order for deemed universities in Maharashtra would be applicable to those in Kerala too as the admission process had been completed. The SC’s order is meant only for the current academic year, till the controversy over the legality of centralised counselling is decided by it.
Senior advocate Vikas Singh and Medical Council of India’s standing counsel Gaurav Sharma told the bench centralised counselling was the only way out to curb corruption in the admission process. The court agreed with the MCI’s view that centralised counselling was ideal, but passed the interim order to protect the interests of students who have already secured admission. Extending the admission deadline to October 7, it said, “We make it clear once again that the aforesaid directions are given in the peculiar situation that has arisen. We are reminded of the words of Chief Justice Marshall that life of law is not logic but the experience.“
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