HC asks AIIMS to set aside seat for OBC candidate

Admission seeker in dental course goes to court

The Delhi High Court on Monday asked AIIMS to keep a seat till the disposal of a plea seeking direction for reservation for OBC category in Master of Dental Surgery course commencing July.

“AIIMS shall keep one seat available till a further order in the case,” Justice Jayant Nath said, and posted the matter for July 16 for arguments.

The court’s direction came on a plea filed by Anusar Gupta, a first rank holder in Other Backward Classes category in postgraduate MDS course, who was denied admission to an OBC seat in the institute.

Filing the plea, Gupta said there are five seats in MDS course but not a single one was reserved for OBC category students, which is illegal, as there is a provision of 27 per cent reservation of seats for OBC candidates in every institute.

The plea said: “Petitioner has been denied admission on the OBC category, due to wrong and illegal calculation and allocation of seats for OBC candidates, wherein not even a single seat has been reserved for OBC candidates (27 per cent reservation) despite having a total of five seats.

Courses combined

“The lawyer appearing for Gupta told the court that the institute had failed to adhere to allocation of 27 per cent total seats for OBC category candidates, which is contrary to settled law. It was further submitted that AIIMS has wrongfully combined MD and MS seats with MDS seats, despite the two courses belonging to completely different category, as the MD and MS degrees are for medical courses, while MDS degree is for dental course. It said all the 27 per cent seats reserved for OBC category candidates has been given to MD and MS courses and none to MDS course,” the plea said.

No seat reserved

“AIIMS has combined all the 121 seats (for MD and MS courses and MDS course) and allocated the 27 per cent reservation — 33 seats to MD and MS courses —  and not even a single seat to MDS course, which is illegal and has caused grave injustice to Gupta and his career,” the plea added.

The petitioner sought direction for AIIMS to reserve 27 per cent seats out of total seats for OBC category in MDS course and allow him to attend the counselling on June 12, 2013 for the admission on the OBC seat.

The petition further sought to declare the current allocation of seats for OBC category in MD and MS, and MDS courses as illegal.

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