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Pondicherry can admit medical/dental students on basis of CAT: Apex court

Monday 8 August 2005, by VENKATESAN*J.

Court says no to plea for separate test for management quota

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday permitted the Pondicherry Government to admit students for the management quota in the self-financing medical and dental colleges on the basis of the Centralised Admission Test (CAT) conducted by it.

A Bench consisting of Justice Y.K. Sabharwal and Justice C.K. Thakker passed the order while dismissing a petition filed by the Pondicherry Linguistic and Religious Minority Medical and Dental Colleges Welfare Association seeking permission to hold a separate entrance test for admitting students under the management quota.

The Bench heard the Solicitor General, G.E. Vahanvati for the Centre and V.G. Pragasam for the Pondicherry Government and senior counsel, Mukul Rohatgi for the Association. Mr. Vahanvati submitted that students for the 50 per cent government quota had already been selected from the entrance test conducted by the Centralised Admission Committee. Since the time schedule had to be strictly adhered to, the Association could not hold a separate entrance test at this stage, he said and sought permission to fill the remaining seats under the management quota also through the entrance test conducted by the CAC.

The Association approached the Permanent Committee, Pondicherry seeking permission to hold a separate entrance test and for fixing management quota at 60 per cent and government quota at 40 per cent. The Committee turned down the request holding that the time schedule for the test was beyond the time limit fixed by the apex court in the case of Mridul Dhar vs Union of India.

The Association filed a petition in the Madras High Court challenging the Committee’s decision and the High Court asked the petitioner to seek clarification in the apex court regarding the time schedule.

The Association as well as the Union of India filed special leave petitions in the apex court.

The apex court Bench dismissed the SLP filed by the Association. Disposing of the SLP from the Centre, the Bench said "the effect of dismissal of the said SLP is that the Association is not permitted to conduct a separate entrance examination at this stage. Therefore, admissions shall have to be made on the basis of the test conducted by the Government of Pondicherry.’’

``In that view, the aspect of two different tests does not arise and thus no further clarification is required."

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