In a significant order, the Supreme Court on Thursday, September 22, 2016 cancelled the counselling conducted so far by private medical & Dental colleges in Madhya Pradesh for admissions in undergraduate medical course and ordered the state government to conduct a combined counselling afresh within a week. Two representatives of private medical colleges would participate in the counselling process to be conducted by the state government.
The SC order, in it’s judgement on the petition filed by Madhya Pradesh government reads that admission to all medical seats shall be conducted by state government through centralized counselling and none else. If a private college or university has conducted it’s own independent counselling and allotted seats to candidates, all such seats stand cancelled and admission will be given only on the basis of centralized counselling.
The MP government had filed a petition earlier in view of Association of Private Dental and Medical Colleges of Madhya Pradesh (APDMC) not admitting candidates on the basis of centralized counselling which was an act of willful & deliberate disobedience of top court’s order of May 2. In fact, the APMDC had issued a notice stating that any student who opts for admission through centralized counselling will not be entertained.
The bench, also comprising Justices A K Sikri, R K Agrawal, Adarsh Kumar Goel and R Banumathi, expressed unhappiness over the fact that the private colleges were holding their own counselling.
The Maharashtra government had also challenged Bombay High Court’s decision to allow private universities to conduct their own counselling placing the argument that it would be convenient for students to go through one centralized counselling as opposed to attending multiple counselling sessions.
In light of this, all admissions in private medical & dental colleges stand cancelled across India and a refund will have to be made by the colleges to the affected candidates.