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Friday, April 22, 2005

Andhra High Court - PG medical courses admission set aside

PG medical admissions: hearing begins

14/04/2005: HYDERABAD: The arguments in a batch of writ petitions pertaining to admissions to post-graduate medical courses began on Wednesday.

The full Bench, comprising Justice J. Chalameshwar, Justice Ghulam Mohammed and G. Raghuram, heard Noothi Ramamohana Rao, advocate, appearing for the petitioners throughout the day.

The petitioners are challenging the admission process adopted by the State Government this year. Gudipati Anantaram who secured top rank in the entrance examination had filed a separate petition bringing to the notice of the court that he was not given the seat of his choice in spite of his rank.

The arguments will continue on Friday.

Updated on 22/04/2005

PG medical courses admission set aside
HYDERABAD: A full Bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, comprising three judges, on Thursday set aside the admissions made to the Post-Graduate Medical Courses in the State for the academic year 2005-2006.

The Bench, comprising Justice J. Chalameswar, Justice Ghulam Mohammad and Justice G. Raghu Ram, was allowing a batch of writ petitions filed by various students complaining that the new method adopted by NTR University of Health Sciences as per the directions of the State Government was unconstitutional.

The case of Gudipati Anantha Ram, who got the first rank in the entrance examination but was not given the seat of his choice, was placed before the Bench.

The seats in various specialisations in all the colleges are to be filled as per ranks obtained in the entrance examination. Reservations are provided for locals and non- locals of each university area, SC, ST, BC classes, women, physically challenged and in-service doctors. This year 100-point roaster was prepared as done in employment sector and seat matrix was finalised.

The Bench, speaking through Justice Raghu Ram, declared that the seat matrix evolved by the authorities as per GO 44 was unconstitutional. The judge said that the Presidential order (which declares the local and non- local candidates and reservation to these categories) was violated. The methodology suffered from excessive reservation for locals beyond the presidential order.

In a 98-page judgment, the bench found fault with the authorities for clubbing various disciplines to calculate reservation.

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