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Govt quota:HC notice to state on varsity’s plea

Govt quota:HC notice to state on varsity’s plea
The SGPC-run Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research has been given the status of a private varsity. File photo

Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh/faridkot, July 20

Sri Guru Ram Das University of Health Sciences, Amritsar, has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court, claiming that it is entitled to make admissions after getting the status of a private university. The state government quota of 50 per cent cannot be applied to its admission process, the university claimed.

Taking up the petition filed through senior advocate Gurminder Singh, APS Sandhu and RPS Bara, the Bench of Justice Surya Kant and Justice Sudhir Mittal issued a notice of motion to the state government and Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS).

“The respondents shall take an appropriate decision on the petitioner’s request/representation by tomorrow,” the Bench said.

The Bench was told that the matter involved filling of MBBS seats in the affiliated constituent colleges by the university authorities on its own, in accordance with the provisions of an Act whereby the university was created.

It said the university was entitled to make the admissions as per the Act and statute, reserving 50 per cent seats for the general management quota and 50 per cent for the minority quota. The counsel argued that the state could only make admissions to private institutes affiliated to BFUHS.

Earlier, the state government said there would be no change in the government quota and fee structure of the SGPC-run institute.

In a letter to BFUHS, the government said the allocation of seats in the college would be as per Section 5 of the Punjab Private Health Sciences Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission, Fixation of Fee and Making of Reservation), Act 2006.

As per Section 5, an unaided private health sciences educational institution may reserve up to 50 per cent seats of the total sanctioned intake in the management category.

The institute has 150 MBBS seats. While the college has 75 seats as minority/management quota (including 11 NRI quota seats), it announced to convert 75 government quota seats into the management category two weeks ago.

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