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Bombay High Court withholds NEET merit list for unaided private colleges

The court was hearing petitions in which a private unaided dental college and students from outside Maharashtra challenged the rules that do not allow applicants from other states in these courses.

The Bombay High Court Thursday withheld publishing the selection list for MBBS and BDS courses based on the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) scores in unaided private colleges.

The court was hearing petitions in which a private unaided dental college and students from outside Maharashtra challenged the rules that do not allow applicants from other states in these courses. The selection list was supposed to be published by September 3, but will now be withheld till September 6, the next date of hearing.

Mahatma Gandhi Vidyamandir’s KBH Dental College and Hospital and some students have challenged the rules, which allow reservations in favour of local students, questioning how such domicile rules could be applied in private unaided colleges.

“Authorities should be asked to remove reservations in favour of local students and fill all MBBS and dental seats available in unaided private medical and dental colleges on the basis of students’ performances in NEET, irrespective of which state they come from,” stated one of the petitions.

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“Applicability of the rules for admission in medical and dental courses for the academic year 2016-17 have been raised. Some clarification needs to be placed regarding the word “domicile”, with regard to admissions in medical and dental professional courses on behalf of the state government. The admission process — the selection list which was to be published on September 3 — shall be withheld till the next date of hearing,” said Chief Justice Manjula Chellur.

The petitioners in both the petitions are seeking directions to authorities to undertake a fresh admission process, thereby allowing students from other states to claim seats in the unaided private medical and dental Colleges in Maharashtra.

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First published on: 02-09-2016 at 01:48:26 am
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