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CMC may face disaffiliation
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 18
Annoyed at the management of Christian Medical College and Christian Dental College’s refusal to admit students nominated by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) against government quota seats in the two institutions here, Director Research and Medical Education (DRME) Dr J.S. Dalal today indicated that colleges might be disaffiliated by the university for this act.

Dr Dalal told reporters here the CMC institutions could not refuse admission to candidates against government seats under cover of technicalities in the directions of the Supreme Court and claimed that these were minority institutions.

“It is only due to their status of minority institutions that just 25 per cent seats are filled against government quota in medical and dental colleges run by the CMC Society.”

He said the government did not want to interfere in the management of CMC, or any other minority institution but the managements of such institutions should also fulfil their legal obligations.

Dr Dalal disclosed that the state government issued an order on September 16 asking the students nominated by the BFUHS to CMC colleges in Ludhiana to deposit fee through bank drafts with the university by September 19.

BFUHS officials say several medical and dental students of CMC had deposited fee with the university and the government will ensure that all such bonafide students were granted admission by the CMC management, he added.

Meanwhile, the CMC made it clear that the management was complying with the orders of the apex court and admissions to medical and dental colleges were made in accordance with guidelines and schedule drawn up by court. Dr John Pramod, acting director maintained that adamant stand of the government would cause harassment to students.

He said it was not the CMC management but the state government which was violating the directions of the Supreme Court in the matter of admission. “The matter is still pending with the apex court and it can issue further instructions which will be obeyed.”

The CMC acting Director said the management had informed the BFUHS and the Admission Supervisory Committee that all government quota seats in medical and dental colleges were being filled as per court’s orders but in spite of this, the university had nominated candidates from out of PMET merit list. “To further complicate the matter, the government has now asked the students, allotted seats in CMC colleges to deposit fee with the university which is irregular and will lead to litigation and inconvenience the candidates concerned”.

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