HC reprieve for non-CET dental students

HC reprieve for non-CET dental students

The High Court of Karnataka on Thursday directed the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) to approve the admissions of the students to Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) course who had not appeared for the Common Entrance Test (CET) or COMED-K during 2012-13.

During the hearing of a batch of petitions filed by the BDS students, Justice Anand Byrareddy observed that normally entrance test decides allotment of seats when applicants outnumber the seats available and in the present case the test was “unreasonable” since there were more seats than the applicants.

During 2012-13, several BDS seats were left vacant even after allotment through CET and COMED-K. Many private colleges had filled the vacant seats by admitting the students directly. However, the RGUHS had refused to approve the admissions and did not allow such students to appear for the examinations. The aggrieved students had approached the High Court.

Direction to MCI

The High Court has directed the Medical Council of India (MCI) to reconsider its decision on deleting the name of Dr Ramacharan Thyagarajan, a transplant surgeon with Fortis Hospital from the Karnataka Medical Council.

Dr Thyagarajan had approached the Court challenging the decision of the MCI to remove his name following allegation of medical negligence leading to the death of a patient.
He had performed a surgery for transplantation of pancreas, allegedly without the consent of the patient’s family at Fortis Hospital, which reportedly did not have the necessary licence to conduct the procedure.

Justice Anand Byrareddy allowed the petition filed by Dr R Thyagarajan and directed MCI to review its decision to cancel his registration.